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does satisfactory leadership mean satisfactory progress?

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by cleggy1611, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. cleggy1611

    cleggy1611 New commenter

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/9062107/5000-head-teachers-lack-leadership-says-Ofsted-chief.html

    According to Ofsted it does!
     
  2. littlerussell

    littlerussell New commenter

    The quality of leadership is defined by the results.
    Good leadership = good results.
    If you take on the best performing school in the country, and results decline slowly by 20%, you are still likely to be rated a good leader, as long as you can explain yourself.
    If you take on the worst performing school in the country, and results increase by 20%, you are likely to be 'unsatisfactory' and therefore dismissed (although, as OFSTED are keen to point out, not by them).
    What happens next is invariably that the second school will either appoint the headteacher of the first one after advertising on a substantive basis; draft them in to support on a temporary basis; or federate leaving the first headteacher with responsibility for both schools and a substantial pay rise.
    This, despite the fact that on any common sense measure (i) headteacher B is performing better than headteacher A and (ii) headteacher A is the last person you want running school B.
    When will they learn?
     
  3. bobbycatrules

    bobbycatrules New commenter

    I like the question in the title of this thread. Unfortunately, you can trace the vast majority of failings in schools back up the chain to leaders and managers... who themselves will always blame those below them.
    According to statistics in my MEd Leadership module, 75% of changes introduced in schools fail due to poor leadership.
     
  4. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    And 95% of statistics can be twisted to say whatever the researcher wants them to.
    Excellent post little Russell. Those of us working in challenging catchments know only to well its an uphill struggle to get children to meet floor targets and yet still it's never good enough. Grr.
     

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