Schools are surely all about people. Schools are about, first and foremost, the young people who attend each day; the children who are there to motivate, inspire, challenge and engage. Schools are about the staff, from the teachers to the support team; from the administrator to the caretaker; from the ancillary helpers to the kitchen staff – irrespective of which contract they’re given, each has a key role in the running of the school and in the lives of the learners. Schools are about the parents who are such key partners in the education of the children. And schools are about community.
After assuming a new headship, it can still take some time before your decisions and priorities start to filter through and effect change at a whole school level. Is there any way of speeding this up so that you can start making your mark, without distancing or alienating your staff in the process?