Four challenges of leadership and how to tackle them

Aziza Ajak (Goresbrook School); Seb Chapleau (Big Education); Nicole Fowles (Coleshill Heath School); We Are In Beta Community members' jobs.

Hello everyone,

A big welcome to new subscribers, members and everyone who joined us on our recent webinars! It’s a pleasure to have you with us.

Catch up with previous editions and podcasts showcasing great leaders and schools via the archive.

I hope your first week ‘back’ went well and your colleagues, students and communities are safe and healthy.

In this edition, we have four very different challenges of leadership and how they’re being tackled.

  1. How do you develop yourself when things start to unravel?

  2. How do you lead system change?

  3. How do you support others in a crisis?

  4. How do you recruit the best team?


🎥 Webinar: Aziza Ajak, Goresbrook School. Going all in: the realities of authentic leadership

School leadership is hard. Not least of all in schools in tough contexts, where staff turnover can be higher. For high performing teachers rapid career progression often follows.

But what happens when your leadership progression is rapid? What happens when there is a mismatch between being good at your job and feeling good at your job? When the idealistic perception of good leadership and the cold hard realities of your leadership experience aren’t aligned? What happens when all this unravels?

Join us on our next webinar to learn how Aziza Ajak, Vice Principal and Teach First Trustee, came up with her own answers to develop her own leadership and how you can employ them to develop your teams.

📆 Tuesday 28th April 2020

🕡 6.30pm

(We’re experimenting with the timings of these webinars - all feedback welcome)

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🎧 Data and devices

Have you ever wondered how national movements and sector-wide agreements begin?

Seb Chapleau - Director of Big Education - gives us a fascinating insight into how he and a coalition of Whole Education, Citizens UK, Teach First, Big Education and The Fair Education Alliance began lobbying the DfE and big tech companies to provide the essential data and devices to students so the digital divide and the attainment gap don’t widen while schools are closed.

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⏲️ 11 minute listen

💬 Join the conversation with Seb Chapleau and @NiallAlcock. We’d love to know what you think.

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🎧 The most important thing is to listen

Nobody wants to experience crisis. Nicole Fowles - Headteacher at Coleshill Heath School, Birmingham - has endured her fair share as a leader.

In this episode she shares what they were, how they’ve prepared her to lead through the current crisis and how she supports colleagues when they experience loss.

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⏲️ 15 minute listen

💬 Join the conversation with Nicole Fowles and @NiallAlcock. We’d love to know what you think.

📖 Access links to resources mentioned plus bonus content from the episode here.

If you are a serving school leader or teacher, access our premium content for free, for a limited time here. Soon this will be the only place you can access it.

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🌐 We Are In Beta Community News

💼 How do you recruit the best team? Get us to help!

To support our community this week’s news focus is on jobs; they are recruiting for these excellent roles below:

Ele Stoneham (Headteacher, Coleridge Community College, Cambridgeshire) - Head of Maths.

Rachael Hallam (Headteacher, The Oldham Academy North, Oldham) - Head of Maths & Head of English.

Holly Power (Head of Sixth Form, CTK Aquinas, Brockley) - A Level Teaching roles across most subjects.

Julie Carson (Director of Education, Woodland Academy Trust, Kent) - Computing teacher to work across primary schools.

Clare Fletcher (Trust Director of Schools, Yare Education Trust, Norfolk) - two Headteacher roles.

Erika Langhoffne (Yare Education Trust, Norfolk) - teachers of German, Computing & History.

Elroy Cahill (Headteacher, Kingsley Academy, Hounslow - recruiting on behalf of sister school Sir Herbert Leon, Milton Keynes) - Head of Maths, Head of Science, Head of Spanish. Lead Practitioners in Maths, Science, Music and Spanish.

Dame Rachel de Souza (CEO, Inspiration Trust, Norwich) - Director of Curriculum & Teacher Development.

Martyn Cox (Headteacher, Scott Medical College, Plymouth) - teacher of Chemistry.

Nav Sanghara & Rob Carpenter (Executive Headteacher & CEO, Inspire Partnership, Greenwich, Kent and Medway) - Primary teacher in Croydon.

Will Mackintosh (Headteacher, Ark John Keats, Enfield, London) - Key Stage 2 specialist and subject leader.

Allan Osbourne (Director of Education for Ongar & Executive Headteacher, The Ongar Academy) - Teacher of PE and KS3 Science.

If you’re serving school leader or teacher, hit the button below to view these roles.

If you’re hiring, join us, post your roles and we’ll include them in upcoming editions of Community News for you.

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Thanks for reading.

Thanks for playing your part in making education the place we all know it can be.

Speak soon,

@NiallAlcock


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