Supporting Principals Deputy Principals Middle Management to Lead

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Supporting Principals, Deputy Principals & Middle Management to Lead Teaching & Learning Fergal Mc.

Supporting Principals, Deputy Principals & Middle Management to Lead Teaching & Learning Fergal Mc. Carthy Principal Kinsale Community School Supporting Principals, Deputy Principals & Middle Management to Lead Teaching & Learning- 18 th June 2018 1

Purpose of session Ø To understand why a quality framework for schools has been

Purpose of session Ø To understand why a quality framework for schools has been developed Ø To explore some of the ways in which Looking at Our School could be used, especially in school selfevaluation Ø To look at some of the main features of the framework Ø To consider how relevant domains and standards might be used Ø To examine the opportunity that Circular Letter 03/18 establishes

Developing a quality framework for schools What is in Looking at Our School 2016?

Developing a quality framework for schools What is in Looking at Our School 2016? A quality framework for schools Ø A basic conceptual structure Ø A set of clear, definable standards in two dimensions: § § teaching and learning leadership and management Teaching & Learning Leadership & Management Ø Focuses on the practices that experience and research indicate are most effective in providing (and leading) high quality education and ultimately in improving student outcomes Ø Developed after detailed consultation with partners, school leaders and teachers

Developing a quality framework for schools Why? One set of standards for a range

Developing a quality framework for schools Why? One set of standards for a range of functions Ø To bring consistency – shared understanding of what effective teaching, learning, leadership and management practices look like Ø To avoid duplication – for teachers, school leaders, management, patrons, inspectors, providers of ITE and CPD Ø To inform SSE and external evaluation Ø To be used selectively by professionals - not an inflexible checklist

Circular Letter 03/2018 • “Quality of School leadership is second only to effective classroom

Circular Letter 03/2018 • “Quality of School leadership is second only to effective classroom teaching. ” • “Leadership is distributed throughout the school. ” • “School leadership and management should build structures in line with best practice as set out in LAOS. ” Supporting Principals, Deputy Principals & Middle Management to Lead Teaching & Learning- 18 th June 2018 5

What’s involved in leading and managing a school? Four domains, each with four standards

What’s involved in leading and managing a school? Four domains, each with four standards Leading learning and teaching Developing leadership capacity Empower staff to take on and carry out leadership roles Managing the organisation Establish an orderly, secure and healthy learning environment and maintain it through effective communication Leading school development Lead the school’s engagement in a continuous process of self-evaluation

These are steps we have taken: ØEstablish structures that promote collaboration and a culture

These are steps we have taken: ØEstablish structures that promote collaboration and a culture of improvement Ø Allow time for collaboration and sharing of good practice at staff meetings Ø Ensure subject departments collaborate and plan effectively to improve practice ØSet up teacher-led groups to lead innovation and creativity in curriculum and teaching; encourage peer observation; and celebrate both successes and learning from ‘failures’ ØInclude students in decision making fora - contribute to staff or management meetings ØExtend CPD opportunities by promoting: sharing experiences and learning; monitoring impact on student learning

Why Distributed Leadership is worthwhile • Facilitates opportunities for colleagues to adapt, learn and

Why Distributed Leadership is worthwhile • Facilitates opportunities for colleagues to adapt, learn and build capacity to meet the needs of all the school • Leadership density can and will ease the burden of leadership and support the teacher in the classroom • We need more time for Instructional Leadership

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How can we encourage Distributed Leadership? • Ultimately, one needs to foster a sense

How can we encourage Distributed Leadership? • Ultimately, one needs to foster a sense of ‘belonging to the school’ in an educational sense as well as a social sense • All colleagues need to feel they have a voice, they are part of decision making and that they are involved in professional interaction with each other

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