The Teaching School successfully secured a grant in 2013 from the National College for Teaching and Leadership, to further develop and share good succession planning and talent management practice.
The Hemel Hempstead School (Board Member) lead this project and decided to use the funding to deliver a Leadership Toolkit programme to two primary and two secondary schools.
Participants were required to:
Thursday 27th March, 3.45-5.15pm
Hemel Hempstead School (HHS)
Patrick Harty, Headteacher, HHS
Tim Jordan, Deputy Headteacher, HHS
Thursday 24th April, 4.00-5.15pm
Assessment and use of data in Secondary and Primary Schools
Jacquie Sheridan, Deputy Head, St Cuthbert Mayne
Ian Palumbo, Assistant Headteacher, JFK
Thursday 22nd May, 4.00-5.15pm
John F Kennedy School
Closing the Gap - Intervention Strategies in Secondary and Primary Schools
Charlotte Norwood, Intervention Coordinator HHS
Louise Fleming, Headteacher, St Albert the Great
Thursday 12th June, 4.00-5.15pm
St Albert the Great RC Primary School
Managing People including Performance Appraisal
Marie Szpak, Deputy Headteacher, JFK
Thursday 3rd July, 3.45-5.15pm
St Cuthbert Mayne RC Primary School
Presentations – 15 minutes each
Bernadette Quinn, Headteacher, St Cuthbert Mayne
Following completion of the programme, the participants were requested to complete an evaluation. The results of which are shown below:
6/6 participants completed an evaluation
The organisation and communication of the programme was good.
I found the set reading text useful.
I found the Reflective Journal a useful tool.
I found the Assessment and Data session useful.
I found the Intervention Strategies session useful.
I found the Managing People session useful.
I found the visit to a Year 6/7 experience useful
I found the Leadership Toolkit Programme experience useful in terms of my preparation for leadership.
I really enjoyed the course. It has given me a greater insight into what some of the challenges of being in the senior leadership team are. I really enjoyed the presentation too, although it may have been useful to have received some feedback afterwards.
I think it would be really helpful to get some feedback from the course. For example the opportunity to practice giving a presentation was important, but without any honest analysis, I don't know if I am any closer to showing Head teachers what they need to see from a potential Senior Leader. Further to this, I feel it would have been helpful to have some additional direction on what was required from the presentation; it was quite challenging to put something together with such a broad brief.
Timing of trying to visit year 6 around SATs time and school plays was a challenge, although it was a good time to make links. It would be even better if the course was able to include more feeder schools to set up links, although this was an initial plan but one school was not able to participate. The opportunity to connect with leaders from other schools and key stages in a open environment to share experiences was a real bonus and something to be encouraged in a future course.
Possibly a follow up session to give a chance to consolidate some of the thoughts. The sessions were in quick succession but this kept us on our toe's and focused the project quite nicely. It would be nice to see how people have moved forward or managed to follow things through though. It would encourage us to make the time to do this. The primary visit was a little problematic at this point in the year, but still worthwhile.
I think the best thing about the course was sharing information between schools including primary and secondary colleagues. I found this particularly useful. The only thing I can really think of is perhaps looking at interview techniques or tips for applying for leadership positions. However, different levels have different requirements so this might actually be too difficult to coordinate! Overall I was really pleased with the course and it has given me more confidence to apply for a role in leadership. Thank you for all the hard work.
I am not sure that the text recommended was helpful. It was very meaty and I'm not sure what I got from reading the chapters. Was great to visit the different schools. Just a shame that only 4 schools took part. Thank you very much, Patrick.