Best Practice

Leading change in your school

When an area of school life needs to be reviewed, refreshed and changed, it can sometimes be difficult to convince colleagues. Martin Matthews offers his advice on leading change

Barry leaned back in his chair and twiddled his moustache: “I don’t like change,” he said. “I’ve done this rubbish before back in the 80s – same old stuff – I ain’t doin’ it again now.”

The assistant headteacher leading the session stopped for a moment as she heard his grumble. We were back in the hall on an INSET day. I’ve often considered that the hardest group of people to teach is not bottom set year 9 last thing on a Friday, but rather a group of teachers.

A group of teachers is often harder to lead when, despite having a stack of marking to do alongside a pile of various admin tasks, they have found themselves sitting on uncomfortable chairs in a drafty school hall, again, faced with a fantastic new initiative that (at that moment) feels like just something else to add to the to-do list.

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