Are you ready to take on the challenge of a senior role in a small school?
Do you want to develop your personal skills in dealing with others in a close school community?
Would you like to develop strategies for balancing a demanding workload?
This course is a must for anyone aspiring to a leadership role in a small school, whether it be a Preparatory School, Senior or all-through. Small schools bring real challenges, not least because of the need to be involved in just about every aspect of running a school. Unlike larger schools, there are very few people to share responsibilities. You might currently be leading a small department with one or two others, yet to secure a leadership role you must be confident that you can lead a larger team in an interdependent community.
Small school issues-what they are and how are they different from those in larger schools?
Being efficient: what jobs are worth your time and what aren’t?
Learning to delegate-practical tips based upon years at the chalkface
Balancing familiarity and distance within a small team-the tight rope of managing those you deal with.
Leadership styles – how to develop and deploy your skills effectively
Persuading others – getting the best from your team and your governors
Dealing with difficult situations – keeping calm and staying in control when faced with conflict or a crisis
Monitoring and Performance Management – formal and informal ways of knowing what’s going on
Curriculum and assessment – what the pupils are taught and how it’s organised
Pastoral and SEN – looking after the needs of your pupils
Other aspects: finance, public relations and marketing – keeping pupil numbers up and balancing the books
Inspections and regulations – making sure your school is compliant and inspection-ready
“The course has been inspirational and supportive. I would highly recommend this course to anyone currently new to a senior management role, or someone preparing for a new senior management role”Lauren Kimble - Assistant Headteacher , Meoncross School