Changing, improving and learning is a game we all play, as leaders of education

Our setting is a small school with the maximum capacity of 30 pupils. As of July 2019 we have 26 pupils on role with 23 members of staff (including auxiliary staff). The school has a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) team made up of a Headteacher and two Assistant Heads (one for Education and one for Pastoral). In addition, there are subject leads for Science, English and Maths and a Senior Keyworker. As part of the development of specialisms other key roles include, an Assistant Educational Psychologist and a Team Teach Tutor.
The case study plots a journey of ups as downs through a programme of staff retention to lead to improvements in teaching and learning and behaviour – perhaps best depicted as a game of snakes and ladders.

Date Published: 10th October 2019
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This case study is included in Special School Leaders

A collection of case studies from special school leaders. This book is the result of a year long leadership programme delivered by NASS and AKN Consulting for leaders of independent schools and non-maintained special schools. As part of the programme participants designed and implemented leadership projects within their schools and these are their stories. The eight case studies within cover structural changes, staff re-organisation, implementing new initiatives and new approaches for assessing and improving outcomes for children.
Edited by Anita Kerwin-Nye and Matt Overd. Foreword by NASS Chief Executive Claire Dorer.
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