Best Practice

Is your leadership child-centred?

CPD Senior leadership
At a time of increasing pressure on schools, how can we ensure our leadership remains child-centred? Educating Essex headteacher Vic Goddard tackles the question.

Let’s cut to the chase. Having an approach that puts the needs of each individual at the centre of all decisions is easier when you are not waiting for “the call” from Ofsted.

The challenge to work for the best interests of the young people currently in our care, while still planning and making decisions that will protect the future of the school and people’s jobs should not be underestimated.

A recent example has been the decision over early entry GCSEs no longer counting towards a school’s league table figures. This instantly meant that we had to reflect on our reasons for doing it – not a bad thing, because what is best for the individual is not necessarily best for the data published about our schools.

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