As I complete me second year as Headteacher, I have learnt more than I had expected in the past two years. That is an important, if disappointing reflection. It shows that I had not realised just how much more there was to learn. Our school has gone from strength to strength, endorsed by external inspection, external and internal review, parent, staff and student survey.
It is a real privilege to have responsibility for a school, it’s staff and students (equal first). I write to help me think and to keep a record. I help think through and reflect back on the relative successes of my decisions.
One of background images is a starling murmuration. Leadership theory and practice continues to fascinate me, none more so than Complexity or Complex Adaptive Theory. In its most simple form, complex adaptive systems is a way of thinking about and analysing things by recognising complexity, patterns and interrelationships rather than focusing on cause and effect. For that, I hold Kev Bartle (@kevbartle) wholeheartedly accountable following his recommendation of Birth Chaordic Age Dee Hock.
Lead yourself, lead your superiors, lead your peers, employ good people, and free them to do the same. All else is trivia. – Dee Hock
This interest has led to an invitation to ‘Encountering Complexity in School Leadership – with Canons Park TSA and University of Hertfordshire Business School. A programme that explores the complexity of human interaction within an education. Travelling up to Harrrow to meet with the other delegates exploring the use of narrative approaches to personal development has become a real highlight and privilege.
Continuing into 2017 is an interest in a “Cultures of Thinking,” to complement our pedagogy. This will be my leadership project for at least the next 8-12 months as we move to rapidly adopt our organisations educational philosophy and pedagogy. This is, though, dependent on the organisations direction.
Now that David Rogers has joined Hindhead Campus for the upcoming academic year, we have plans afoot. David is a hyper connected leader with a passion for “telling teachers stories.” We have pencilled out an idea to organise a teachers for teachers event at Hindhead Campus. We are thinking a modest sized event – 50-100 teachers.