When Lincoln executive headteacher Marie-Claire Bretherton was asked by the CEO of her multi-academy trust’s sponsor to become head of Benjamin Adlard Primary in Gainsborough she admits she hesitated.
Leaders may rise to the challenges of tough times when it comes to the effective leadership of their schools and colleges, but they often fall down on the management of themselves.
Ethical leadership... hope… positivity... these words don’t often feature in the current national education debate, but they played a central role in the first AMiE leadership conference, held in central London last month.
Top-level speakers made AMiE’s first conference a huge hit with members.
Josie Whiteley, AMiE president, talks about her day with ATL Future discussing progression into management and leadership.
Rather impetuously I stated at the end of my first blog that school and college leaders need to be brave, to stand up and be counted. What exactly did I mean by that and how realistic is it?
I hope you all managed to have a break during the summer and are settling into the new academic year. My year as AMiE president has started brilliantly.
The £1.3 billion extra school funding announced by education secretary Justine Greening last month was a victory for the collective campaigning by heads, unions and parents. Of sorts. As recognition among ministers that more cash is desperately needed, it was long overdue. It’s nowhere enough, of course. And we have made the point. But if the message was received by Government, then its next move shows it hasn’t exactly been understood.
Is there a recruitment and retention crisis in FE? The evidence - albeit anecdotal - is that there is. Earlier this year, AMiE director Mark Wright and I were asked by the Association of Colleges to deliver professional development workshops for FE college governors. I started each by asking: what are the most urgent issues that your college is dealing with at the moment? The answer was always the same - recruitment and retention and funding.
What does an award-winning senior leadership team look like? Sally Gillen went along to St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, which has won a National Teaching Award, to find out.