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Growing your own leaders : the impact of professional development on school improvement

National College for School Leadership
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Growing your own leaders The impact of professional development on school improvement Penny Castagnoli, Headteacher, Beaconsfield High School and Nigel Cook, Headteacher, The Disraeli School A U T U M N 2 0 0 4 F U L L P R A C T I T I O N E R E N Q U I R Y R E P O R T Growing Your Own Leaders: National College for School Leadership 2004 1 Contents Key questions for the investigation 3 The vision 4 Standards 5 Systems 6 Recruiting the right people 7 Appointing overseas-trained teachers 8 The recruitment pack 8 Induction 9 Succession planning 10 The ‘buzz’ 11 Features of a good staff development programme 14 Headteachers’ 10 top tips 15 National College for School Leadership 2004 2 Introduction Headteachers rarely get time to meet but when they do get the chance to share views, the budget and recruitment of staff are two recurrent themes. There is not enough money to enable them to make the changes they need and they cannot attract the right people. The problem is that that these two themes are irreconcilable. Schools that do not have enough resources are forced to make hard spending decisions. If more were available, schools would be able to put more into the development of human resources. However, in the absence of funds, it is often the first thing to go. How to break out of this vicious cycle is the subject of our research. We argue that you have to invest to accumulate but that, importantly, there are things you can do within the school at a low cost that can make a difference to the climate of your school. This will impact on staff morale, which in turn will impact on both recruitment and retention. Consider the following two scenarios: School A A new teacher joins your school teaching in a shortage subject, say physics. Y

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