Getting rid of staff isn’t the answer…TES article archive #3

Here is link to my article on improving schools without someone going overboard…
“New leaders of underperforming schools can feel under pressure to change personnel, but headteacher Simon Smith says his experience proves that this approach is misguided

On the day I had my first look at the school I would later come to lead, it had just received its second “requires improvement” judgement from Ofsted. The head had retired and left a leadership vacuum that the deputy at that point was bravely trying to fill. Staff morale was low.

Then, just after I started, we received a review visit from the local authority, which slammed the school.

Clearly, there were significant problems. As the new head, it was my job to find a way to fix them.

The common narrative for turning around a school in these circumstances almost always involves staff leaving. Changing trajectory, goes the thinking, requires a new head to freshen up the team; it involves a root and branch purge of the dead wood.”

Getting rid of staff isn’t the answer. TES article

Here are links to other related Leadership blogs…

The easy guide to improving schools…Invest in the important stuff.

Missing the positives… The need for #optimisticed

Be More Alfred! (Let Batman be Batman)

The Ministry of Fun

TRUST ME… You gotta believe.

Reflections…Priorities…still not getting it right.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE … In your office no one can hear you scream!


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