The role of an education leader in today’s schools is crucial to the development of students and the improvement of performance across the board. The complex nature of leadership in education means that every leader must actively get involved in development and encourage teachers, students, and parents to do the same.
Here are 20 things that the education leaders of today need to think about when striving to create a world class education establishment:
1) How can a vision be created that’s tailored towards the growth of the school and the development of students?
2) Which direction should the school be taken in and what goals need to be set to achieve a vision?
3) How can the growing concerns over the mental health of students be addressed and how can awareness of mental health be improved?
4) What challenges and opportunities are waiting in the future as technology improves?
5) Is the school succeeding or failing, and what’s the cause of the level of success?
6) What new ideas can be implemented to improve school systems and how effective will they be?
7) Can new ideas be scaled up and what are the limitations of their success?
8) What new policies can be set to improve the school environment and are the current policies a good reflection of the school ethos?
9) How can the whole school get involved in improving school life and the school environment?
10) Has adequate provision been made for teacher development and in what areas is teacher development lacking?
11) What small steps can be taken to reform the current system and how will they help an overall vision to succeed?
12) How committed are all the stakeholders, leaders, governors, teachers, parents, and students to the future of the school and ongoing development?
13) Has a partnership been created with the wider community and how does the wider community view participation in school development?
14) Do all the students understand the values of the school and do they agree with what the school stands for?
15) Is there a good balance between short-term goals and long-term goals and are they all aligned?
16) Are the goals and aims of the leadership team clear and does everyone know their roles?
17) Is there a clear channel of communication and do students and teachers feel like they can communicate openly with leaders?
18) Have there been enough provisions made for students who are struggling academically?
19) Is enough being done to identify future challenges and create strategic plans to overcome them?
20) Should goals be focused on future development or are there systems that can be improved now?