by Annie Grant
Yesterday, 25 aspiring and serving middle leaders from primary, secondary and special schools across the borough, gathered at Swiss Cottage School Research and Development Centre for the first session of Camden’s 2017/18 Middle Leaders Programme.
The programme was developed by LEAD in partnership with the Swiss Cottage School. It lasts for one academic year and comprises seven workshop sessions and a school-based leadership enquiry.
The first workshop started with a quick game of ‘People Bingo’, to break the ice, before participants moved into groups for three hours of reflection and lively debate, led by former Camden headteacher, Janet Wallace.
At a brisk pace and with the focus on leadership behaviours and styles, groups discussed and fed back on:
- Which leaders they admired, the behaviours that characterised these leaders, and the kinds of leadership behaviours they found problematic
- Which leadership styles they felt might appropriate in what situations, and how positive and negative leadership behaviours mapped onto these styles, and
- How might they develop as more emotionally intelligent leaders.
With over a month back in school before the next session, participants were encouraged to look at their own and others’ leadership through a new lens, informed by their learning in the workshop.
‘It all comes down to behaviours, what leaders actually do and say,’ Janet Wallace told participants as they prepared to leave. ‘What you do and say is how you lead and how others will judge you.’