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What's the Leadership elephant in the room?

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by svenables, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. svenables

    svenables New commenter

    Hi - never posted on here before so be gentle!

    As part of my role as a Teaching School director, I am hosting a Leadership Conference and as part of the day am having a live 'provocation' and debate. I'm trying to come up with some questions that are open-ended but also lively in order to get a reaction from the delegates. Any ideas? What's the elephant in your SLT room?

    Thank you :)
  2. install

    install Star commenter

    Gotta be OFSTED and/or some headTeachers not even teaching a single lessons in their own schools..:cool:
    Tinycat1234 likes this.
  3. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    Yep an SLT that don’t teach/have never taught in areas and then going in and telling them what ‘best practice’ is eg in the EYFS
  4. J.M.Powell

    J.M.Powell New commenter

    How about:
    What does wellbeing look like in your school?
  5. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Lead commenter

    What are you doing to retain teachers?
  6. WinifredHoltby

    WinifredHoltby New commenter

    1 How are we going to recruit and retain the best teachers?
    2. How are we going to recruit and retain the best school leaders- it is as big a problem. It seems like anyone can become a school leader these days because there are so few good applicants.
    3. The national system is chaotic and not serving the best interests of all children. Why are school leaders not standing up to this government en masse?
  7. svenables

    svenables New commenter

    Thank you very much guys - much appreciated :D
  8. cornflake

    cornflake Occasional commenter

    Not so much the elephant, but "What makes a successful school?"
    If the Leaders have anything about them, OFTSED will not figure!!
  9. cornflake

    cornflake Occasional commenter

    Being a Head is a very different job to being a teacher.
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    How many teachers have been a TA in their own school? How many have been a lunchtime supervisor? A cook? A caretaker? A secretary or a finance officer? A cleaner?
    marwa_5a6ab and chipsfortea like this.
  10. cornflake

    cornflake Occasional commenter

    The well being of leaders...
  11. AlexiT

    AlexiT New commenter

    Recruitment and retention definitely.

    At our place we also have a lot of young staff, so it is important to develop them without pushing them too far too quickly. Its a difficult balance.
  12. thehawk

    thehawk Occasional commenter

    A teacher who is "favoured" by SLT or HT and is allowed to get away with things (e.g not doing assemblies, allowed to submit reports late, giving extra pay for no extra duties in order to retain them but not doing the same for others, yet their value seems at best subjective?????

    Just a scenario!
  13. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Established commenter

    Which opens up the question do headteachers need to be teachers?
  14. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    There's something about that really disturbs me. Is it really the same thing?

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