The Role of Senior Leaders Part 1: content matters

Clio et cetera

Having occupied a senior leadership role for six months I am feeling rather more confident about speaking my mind about what good senior leaders ought to be doing (and not doing). I have of course held views about this for quite a long time, but these views are now crystallising into a clear set of points that I think are often lacking at a senior leadership level in schools.

The first of these is an emphasis on the content of lessons.

Let’s take an analogy by way of example. A restaurant that seeks to gain its Michelin star does not focus just on the delivery and presentation of the food (important though this it): it focuses above all else on the quality of the food being provided to its patrons. If the food is of a poor quality (or even an average quality) then no amount of exceptional service and…

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