At Westfield we are passionate about supporting everyone to flourish – and this includes our staff.
We are using Lesson Study for the first time this year and every teacher is in a Trio – first trio meeting was this Monday so more on this later!
However we are also running a Middle Leadership Training Course – all current and aspiring middle leaders are invited to attend.
The first session was all about leadership. What is it? What does it look like? Is there one style that works better than others in schools?
There was a bit of reading (John MacBeaths’ Alphabet Soup of Leadership) and colleagues reflected on their preferred leadership style and how to move beyond it when they needed to.
We then looked at scenarios in small groups and tried to cultivate a perfect response to each one – of course there is no such thing but working together meant we felt more confident about how we’d respond to similar occurrences in the future.
Towards the end of our session we moved in to management and the practicalities of continuing to be expert practitioners whilst leading a team. It’s a juggling act!
|‘We musn’t do it that way.’
||‘What would happen if we did?’
|‘I can’t do that right now.’
||‘I can understand your difficulty but what exactly is preventing you from doing it?’
|‘That’s just impossible!’
||‘What would have to happen to make it possible?’
|‘I always do it this way.’
||‘Has there been a time when you have not?’
We have started to develop our Heads of Faculty calendar and will in time create our HoF Manual.
I firmly feel that Heads of Department are the powerhouse of any school and they need to have the support and opportunities to network to be fully productive.
I ndicate the benefits of their ideas
N eutralise resistance, preferably in advance
F ind alternative ways to influence others
L isten attentively to what others say
U ncover needs and wants
E mphathise continuously
N otice how others respond
C reate and maintain rapport throughout any given situation
E liminate weak statements from their language
R eview and rehearse the arguments
Future sessions will include:
- 3/10 Monitoring work in the Faculty (books)
- 7/11 Monitoring work in the Faculty (walks)
- 28/11 Monitoring work in the Faculty ( b data)
- 16/1 Showcasing the Faculty (reviews/Ofsted)
- 24/4 Beyond the Faculty (working with other HoFs/curriculum leads)
- 5/6 Beyond the Faculty (working with Governors, becoming a senior leader)
- 3/7 Review of Learning; what next?