The SecEd Podcast: Effective school improvement: Practices and processes

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode offers practical advice and ideas for effective school improvement practices and processes, including guidance from four experienced secondary school leaders who discuss their common priorities and areas of focus, core principles, vision and values and much more besides...

The panel of four school leaders discuss the core elements and philosophy of effective school improvement, including vision, values & strategic priorities.

We consider how to get everyone on board, communication and change management, ensuring consistency, collaboration, distributed leadership, succession planning, CPD, building trust and social capital, middle leadership, supporting high-quality teaching & learning and more. We consider the EEF Implementation Cycle, and why we must stop chasing outcomes and focus on processes.

There are no silver bullets – and every school is different – but we discuss some common priorities and areas of focus, and where our school leaders would begin if they were parachuted into a challenging school tomorrow…

The podcast is hosted by Matt Bromley and our guests are:

  • Josephine Smith, Headteacher of Kesteven and Sleaford High School, part of the Robert Carre Trust in Lincolnshire.
  • Paul Ainsworth, School Improvement Director, Infinity Academies Trust, Lincolnshire, and author, No Silver Bullets: Day-in, day-out school improvement
  • Paul Haigh, headteacher, King Ecgbert School, Sheffield.
  • Ben Solly, principal,Uppingham Community College, Rutland

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