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Activity for the network is starting to pick up pace, with a number of
courses on offer this spring specifically for emerging leaders - see below.
We also are aiming to have a forum live on the website just for network
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The deadline for threshold assessment applications is changing from 31 August
to 31 October in order to align it with the deadline for performance
management (PM) reviews. (Performance management reviews do not have to be
completed until 31 October but threshold applications currently have to be
submitted by 31 August.) This will allow teachers who apply on or after 1
September 2009 to use the outcomes of their M6 PM review as evidence in their
National Standards for School
NCSL is in the process of consulting on new National Standards for School
Leadership, to replace the Standards for Headteachers.
These standards will apply to all senior school leaders so it is important
that NCSL hears views from all levels in school, including middle leaders.
You can access the online consultation at www.ncsl.org.uk
The closing date is 3 March.
A new Code of Conduct and Practice for Teachers
You might have heard that the GTC(E) is consulting on a new Code of Conduct
for teachers in England. The new code takes account of the much closer work
with other professionals, including health professionals and social workers
and reflects the latest evidence about good teaching practice. The
consultation closes 27 February so there are still a few days for you to give
feedback at www.opm.co.uk/gtc,
where you can also see the proposed code.
Get recognition for improving your practice
If your school hasn't yet signed up to the Teacher Learning Academy (TLA),
you may want to check out www.teacherlearningacademy.org.uk
The TLA accredits work that you do, in the classroom and with your colleagues,
trying out new ideas or approaches and improving your own practice.
The way it works: you select a project you're interested in - could be pupil
behaviour, self-assessment or using alternative media - try out a new
approach in school and write up the results in a presentation to the TLA. If
your project meets the criteria you'll receive formal recognition, which you
can use on your CV or in your annual performance review. The assumption is
that you access advice and feedback from colleagues, probably in your school,
and you will be given time to work on the project, perhaps during directed
time. The advantage to schools, of course, is a better trained, more
Enrolling with the TLA is free at the moment, but there is likely to be a
charge introduced in autumn 2009 so if you're thinking of doing it, now is
the time. Go to www.teacherlearningacademy.org.uk
Preparing for interview
Those of you applying for jobs this spring may be interested to read 'Moving
Up', an article that appeared in an earlier version of ASCL's Leader
magazine. It contains tips for writing a good covering letter and application
form. See www.leadermagazine.co.uk/article.php?id=297
Bring staff around to your way of thinking
Don't be put off by the whole-school leadership focus in The Little Book
of Managing Change from the Training and Development Agency (TDA). It has
good ideas for introducing change with small teams and individuals as well as
across a whole school. The second half especially, covering the five steps to
managing change, includes useful tools and ideas for building teams and
getting reluctant staff on board. For instance, the activity analysis
contains a matrix which helps staff to determine which jobs they do are effective
uses of their time and which are not. Download a copy of the book at www.tda.gov.uk
Aspiring to the Leadership Team
It was great to
see so many of you at the Aspiring to the Leadership Team course on 16
January. We had very positive feedback so will definitely run the course
again in the next academic year.
Keep in Touch: Information Conferences for Middle Leaders
ASCL is offering these
one-day information sessions to help you stay up to date on the big issues
for secondary schools next academic year. They follow the same format as
ASCL's popular autumn information conferences for senior leaders, but tailored
specifically to middle leaders. Sessions include:
∑ †planned changes in the curriculum
and case studies of innovative curriculum practices
∑ †the latest performance management
and pay issues
∑ †changes to the inspection process
for September 2009
There's also time for networking with colleagues.
The cost is £150+VAT but if you're a member of the Emerging Leaders Network
you'll get a £20 discount. The dates are Tuesday 21 April in London;
Monday 22 June in Birmingham; and Thursday 25
June in Wakefield.
here for more information.
ASCL offers a range of other courses that are relevant
to emerging leaders, ranging from current legal issues to managing
challenging personnel. See the full calendar of events at www.ascl.org.uk/calendar
Another excellent professional development opportunity is ASCLís
annual conference in Birmingham
on 13-15 March. Come along as a day delegate, on either Friday or Saturday,
and take your pick of a wide range of seminars including online reporting,
community cohesion, leadership myths and using self-evaluation to raise
achievement. Members of the Emerging Leaders Network are eligible for the
membersí day delegate rate of £120. Go to www.ascl.org.uk/annualconference
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