One piece of advice that I give to middle leaders and individuals, whether they are new to teaching or not, it to create a manifesto that reflects their style of teaching. This is an exercise that I do with NQTs and trainees and it can often help set the sights. It also creates something to reflect back upon.
In April 2011 I created a rather crude personal manifesto. It was an attempt to set out my core values.
Looking back, there’s no real, overt mention of leadership. No, I a subscriber to the view that we are all leaders as leadership operates at all scales from the personal to the organisational and beyond. However, the third statement is linked to leadership.
I should also probably add that everything should have a picture of me. What can I say – all I can do is tell the stories that I have been involved with
In terms of the department, each yeah we hold a curriculum development day. One of the activities to to revisit, evaluate and create a department. This won;t be new to regular readers. 2012’s version is below:
It’s interesting to look back. What changed between 2011 and 2011:
And here is the 2010 original:
It’s a good feeling to look back and be able to track the evolution of a team.
My challenge for you in 2013? Create and share you own manifesto.