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Leadership webinar: liberating leaders (video and webchat)

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by AndrewFIS, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What are the qualities successful school leaders need? Can they be taught or they innate skills?

    As part of the TES Leadership webinar series, I’ll be putting your questions to Keith Budge, headmaster of Bedales Schools.

    We will examine how leaders should lead their schools.

    Post your questions below now - and, if you can, join in our live webchat on April 26 at 4.30pm.

    Before that, you can watch a video we’ve made in which Keith and I discuss the issues, with key advice for school leaders.

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    To access all the videos in the TES Leadership series, plus an exclusive database of grants available to schools, become a TES Leadership subscriber.
     
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  2. fsandall5

    fsandall5 New commenter

    "All school leaders should have an educational background" So what do you make of the latest proposal for a leadership college training career changers to be leaders?
     
  3. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Good afternoon and welcome to the eleventh webchat in our series of discussions aimed at school leaders.

    In a few moments I will hand you over to Andrew, who is editor of FIS, who will be hosting this week's hour-long webchat.

    Andrew and this week's guest, leadership expert panel member Keith Budge who will be available for the next hour to answer your questions on how leaders can be innovative in managing a school.

    If you have any questions please submit them below. Don't worry if we run out of time, any unanswered questions will be responded to and posted on this thread later this week.

    I'll now hand you over to Andrew.



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  4. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Hello and welcome to this webchat on leadership in schools. Joining me is Keith Budge, headmaster of Bedales Schools. For those of you following this thread, please feel free to post your query. Remember to refresh your page to see the updates as they appear.

    Thanks for joining us, Keith.

    How important is leadership to a school’s success, and is it all about the headteacher?
     
  5. Keith_Budge

    Keith_Budge New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Leadership is the single most important factor in any school’s success, but it isn’t the exclusive property of the headteacher. Rather, it is through the partnerships we fashion with our senior teams and governing boards and how leadership is distributed throughout the school – including students – that is key to creating an inspirational climate in which students and staff can realise their full potential.
     
  6. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    How should school leaders go about establishing a vision for their school?
     
  7. Keith_Budge

    Keith_Budge New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Leaders must listen – and keep listening – with a view to determining how well their vision will marry with the values intrinsic to the school. It’s not easy, but if you’ve listened enough it isn’t impossible to steer people towards what you see as the best way forward. People need to feel that they have a stake in it.
     
  8. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Since a school is a large "business", couldn't a person with a business background be even more effective as a leader than an educationalist who began their working life with a passion for teaching in the classroom?
     
  9. Keith_Budge

    Keith_Budge New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Schools need to run in efficient, business-savvy ways, but schools are schools, not businesses and their job is to educate. It is essential therefore that school leaders have a background in education, and important for them and their school that they remain in touch with the passion that drew them to teaching in the first place. Students take a great deal from having classroom time with their head, and it is good for the soul to keep alive one’s love of learning, teaching and ideas.
     
  10. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Do school leaders need to be comfortable with doubt, and in whom can they confide?
     
  11. Keith_Budge

    Keith_Budge New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    We make many decisions, often on the basis of imperfect information, and none of us are immune from doubt. Leadership requires the resilience to overcome doubts. Good leaders take their people with them, and when then this happens it means that the inevitable difficulties become everybody’s property.

    I also find fellow heads a source of sound advice and support. Having at least one serving or retired head on the board of governors is essential. Member bodies like the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) and ASCL are good vehices for regular meetings and exchanges with fellow heads.
     
  12. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What are the strengths you see most frequently in school leaders?
     
  13. Keith_Budge

    Keith_Budge New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Strongly rooted values, a love of learning, enjoyment of young people, an admiration for the transformations that teachers so often achieve and bags of cheerful resilience.
     
  14. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    And what are the most common failings, either of the leader or the school?
     
  15. Keith_Budge

    Keith_Budge New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    An ability to step back from the day to day and to take a broader perspective; school leaders need to identify 'where' schools are going which requires creativity; leaders who don't admit that they can get things wrong and learn from their mistakes - I’ve learned just as much about leadership from what I’ve got wrong as from what I have got right. As I said in the webinar, schools need to have patience - sometimes it takes time for the results of heads' work to come through.
     
  16. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Is it important that school leaders are optimistic by nature?
     
  17. Keith_Budge

    Keith_Budge New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Very much so – not least because part our role involves giving others the confidence to do their best work. I try to remind myself of how good it felt when, early in my career, senior colleagues expressed their faith in what I was trying to do. I want our people to have the confidence to try things, and that requires an optimism and willingness to be bold on my part. Your stock of optimism increases when you see that you can effect change in a school.
     
  18. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Which is more important in a leader: creativity or sound management skills?
     
  19. Keith_Budge

    Keith_Budge New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Both matter, of course, but I would stress that if you want staff and students to have the courage to indulge their creative impulses then it is vital that headteachers are willing to do the same. I like the image of a heads cultivating his her school - rather like a garden where each of our schools's distinctiveness can flourish.

    Taking a broader view, a key part of the work of the school leader is to step back from the day-to-day and chart the course that the school needs to take. Getting there involves good management, but identifying the direction is an act of creativity. Here's a slightly corny expression: leadership is about ‘doing the right things’ and management is about ‘doing things right’. Yes, a bit cheesy but I quite like the memorable distinction it encapsulates.
     
  20. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Thanks to @fsandall5 for this question: What do you make of the latest proposal for a leadership college training career changers to be leaders?
     

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