Monday, 7 December 2009

I started the day early with some of the Leeds Secondary Headteachers at Weetwood Hall. As we approach the end of yet another manic term it was reassuring to see so many secondary headteacher colleagues had managed to prioritise the morning together...

We had a brief video and presentation on '360 People' by Kathryn Burns, Chief Executive of 360 People and an input by Peter Roberts, Chief Executive and Principal of Leeds City College who talked about the parnership working around 14 - 19 confederations we are establishing across the city. Peter Laurence then talked about the work he is doing with Dorothy Smith and headteacher colleagues to develop new models of leadership in a 21st Century world, the progress with 14+ Area Partnership Working through confederations and shared some initial findings from an audit of headteacher roles and responsibilities in a Children's Services world.

Dirk Gilleard tells me that the workshop sessions after the break went very well. There were sessions focused on 'improving learning outcomes' led by Andrea Barnes, headteacher at Wetherby High School, and 'monitoring, tracking and improving performance' led by Andy Goulty, headteacher at Rodillian High School and the 'implementation of Rarely Cover' led by Ken Hall, headteacher at Priesthorpe High School.

We do need to think how we get all the secondary headteachers to these important sessions; the suggestions of cash incentives is something we must explore!

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