Pank PatelHead TeacherNational Leader of EducationJames TophamAssociate Headteacher
Wood Green AcademyA Specialist College of Sport, Maths and Computing “Wood Green High School College of Sport, Maths and Computing provides pupils with an outstanding quality of education. Staff, pupils, parents and governors are understandably proud of the school.” ~ Ofsted 2006
Context – The Journey…. • 11 – 19 Inclusive multi racial Community School • 26% Ethnic minority • 17% from Walsall (42% of our ethnic minority) • 40%+ free school meals (only 18-20% claim) • High levels of deprivation – Social housing, 20% from over crowded housing • Working class backgrounds • High SEN numbers • Varied environment – road through the school • Victorian Grammar school, flat roof extensions, etc.
1998 • A* – C grades 31% • Ofsted Jan 1997 – KS3 satisfactory; KS4 teaching and learning narrow in range • Little distributed leadership • Limited provision for SEN • Low expectations • Low numbers in Sixth Form • New Headteacher Sept. 1998/September 2006 • Sports College status Sept. 1998
Where are we now? Sports College Leading Edge School Designated ‘High Performing Leading School’ Designated Maths and Computing College Sports College of the Year 2006/7 – Daily Telegraph National Support School – National Leader of Education Working with other schools Two Outstanding Ofsteds – recognised by Ofsted in the Excelling against the Odds publication (2008) Trust School (2008) and now a New Converter Academy (April 2011)
Where are we now?Results..... Our best ever... 74% of all Year 11 students got 5 or more GCSE’s with A*, A, B or C grades 59.4% of all Year 11 students got 5 or more GCSE’s including English and Maths with A*, A, B or C grades (20%+ on FFTD) At A2 - 100% Pass rate 74% A-C grades - Increase (62% last year) 45% A-B grades
Steve Munby – National College “GREAT SCHOOL leadership does not only come from the headteacher, despite the impression given by the media on almost a daily basis. We know that leadership is at its best and most effective when it is distributed among a number of talented individuals according to their skills and expertise. It is the deputy and assistant heads, heads of department and coordinated heading up areas such as business management or SEN, who are just as vital to school improvement.” The Schools Engine Room, SecED June 2011
Why at Wood Green? • In any school, the staff body is its greatest resource and the most influential factor in school improvement • High level of distributed leadership exist across the school with high accountability and high challenge. • Recruitment is a major issue as the West Midlands is not the most glamorous of places to settle in. The high levels of deprivation and the challenges that this brings put many people off. • The remodelling of the staffing structure. • We needed to provide even more motivators for staff. • Providing a view of the bigger picture (everyone is a head teacher!) • Succession Planning
Staff Leadership Programmes • Two main programmes: • Aspiring Middle Leaders Programme • Designed for staff that have aspirations to become middle leaders or staff that are new to middle leadership • 3 Cohorts – 36 members of staff • Programme lasts 1 year • Aspiring Senior Leaders Programme • Designed for staff that have aspirations to become senior leaders or are new to the leadership team • 1 cohort – 8 members of staff, another cohort of 8 is scheduled to start in September 2011. • Programme lasts 2 years
Aspiring Middle Leaders • Term One – Taught Module • Leadership • Data and Target Setting • Inclusion, Behaviour and Dealing with Parents • Curriculum Planning, Timetabling, SOW and Teaching and Learning • Staffing, Performance Management • SEF, Improvement Planning and Budget • Research • Most topics to last two weeks one week focus on Curriculum leader perspective and the other week focusing on a Year Leader perspective • Term Two and Three • Work shadow/assist (Year Leader or Curriculum Leader) for a term and then swap.
Aspiring Senior Leaders • Term One (Taught module) • Each topic to last two weeks (1 week taught and 1 week practical tasks/exercises) • Leadership • Data • Specialisms and Writing Bids • Writing the SEF and SIP • Finance • Curriculum and Timetabling • Student Achievement and Welfare • Personnel/Staffing • Research • Most topics to last two weeks (1 week taught and 1 week practical tasks/exercises)
Aspiring Senior Leaders • Term Two and Term Three – Project work and evaluation • Each applicant takes on a project with a whole school perspective and will each have a member of the Leadership team as a coach. In addition they should also: • Deliver an assembly to a year group on a whole school issue • Assist in coaching aspiring/current middle leaders • Attend at least one governors meeting • Evaluate their project area • Complete a presentation to a suitable audience (SLT, RATL, Parents or Pupils as appropriate) • Terms Four, Five and Six • Applicants should go into more depth in an area of their choice and shadow/assist members of SLT as appropriate. They should also be involved in delivery on our RATL days with external visitors.
Feedback • Did this programme meet your objectives? • Yes in its entirety • Yes it has been an immensely informative introduction and preparation for leadership • Absolutely • How will you implement the strategies you have learnt? • Take more of a whole school approach to department issues • Try to be more hands off when it comes to be operational matters and focus more clearly on the strategic perspective. • Evaluate my strengths and consider what to do to improve areas of weakness • I will ensure I look at data and targets on a wider scale • How could the programme be improved? • More homework • A 1:1 individual action planning session with a senior leader • More cake
TASK Can you identify the future leaders in your school? If yes could you name 10 of them? What do you do or are you doing to develop the potential of staff in your school? Do you have someone to step into someone’s shoes if necessary? I.e. if your Head of Mathsleaves do you have someone in waiting? If so how are they being prepared for this role? What model of Leadership development do you adopt in your school and how successful is it?
Staff Development Opportunities • CPD programme • Staff Presenting • Staff working in other schools • NLE/NSS work • Leading Edge • English Hub • Staff presenting in RATL Days • Innovation Unit
Student Leadership Programmes • YeL@ • MYLA • Sports Leaders • Arts Leaders • Enrichment Leaders • Governors Meeting
What's next • Application for Teaching School • Application for Outstanding Teacher Programme • National College – Accredited programme for Middle Leaders
Thank you.Have a good day.Pank Patelpank.firstname.lastname@example.orgJames Tophamjames.email@example.com