Headteacher Update Podcast: Leading School Improvement & Self-Evaluation

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode considers what great school improvement practice and processes look like and how we can ensure school self-evaluation work is effective.

We discuss the key tenets of school improvement, including change management, culture and ethos. We ask what a cycle of improvement should look like and how headteachers new in post might begin this work, including building relationships, winning hearts and minds, and listening to and involving all stakeholders.

We identify the common traits of effective improvement practice, the key challenges or barriers (and how we might overcome them), and we ask how we can ensure that school improvement achievements are maintained. Our panel offer lots of tips, advice, and reflections for headteachers and senior leaders to support improvement work in your school.

Our host is National Leader of Education Helen Frostick and her guests in this episode are:

  • Laura McPhee is the headteacher of Loughborough Primary School in Lambeth, London.
  • Jonathan Cordiner has worked in education for 20 years, including as a headteacher for eight years. He is currently Quality Improvement Officer with Aberdeenshire Council with responsibility for supporting primary and secondary school improvement across a range of settings.

You can listen to this episode of the Headteacher Update Podcast above. To hear other Headteacher Update podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The Headteacher Update Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit www.headteacher-update.com/knowledge-bank/podcasts/

For details about The Headteacher Update Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at pete.henshaw@markallengroup.com

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