Teaching Leaders

26 Sep 2019   |   Amy Brook, Assistant Principal   |   Victoria Primary Academy

At the end of August, I was fortunate enough to be one of 500 colleagues from across the country beginning my two-year leadership learning journey.

As I got in my car, ready to make the two and a half hour drive down to Warwick University, I had absolutely no idea what to expect and my nerves were starting to get the better of me. However, as I sat in the lecture hall listening to the first keynote speaker, surrounded by like-minded people, those nerves soon disappeared and I knew I had found my place and my people.

The week was more intense than I could have possibly imagined, with some days consisting of almost 10 hours of lectures and seminars but every last second was worth it. The facilitators were experienced, knowledgeable and inspirational and I left every session with a new bit of knowledge that would support me when I returned to school, as well as a list of new books, papers or blogs that I wanted to read.

We covered a variety of informative sessions throughout the week, including the science of learning, culture and climate, effective curriculum design, setting a vision, implementation and how to lead change within a school setting. Whilst many of these topics were things I had some prior knowledge of, the information had such relevance to my context and the knowledge shared gave me a much deeper understanding than I had before.

Beyond the small group sessions, we were privileged enough to listen to a variety of keynote speakers who had a wealth of experience. We listened to a head teacher who had discovered the value of instructional coaching; a new head teacher who was part of the Teaching Leaders training 8 years ago, who explained how the training had supported her on her journey and a public speaker who shared the value of debate in bringing higher expectations than ever before for our pupils. By the Friday I was both exhausted and inspired, but most importantly, I felt like a leader ready to make a change. Ambition Institute say we should ‘Keep Getting Better’ and Wellspring Academy Trust say we should ‘Make A Difference’. Both of these values ring true for me and I am full of hope that over the next two years I really will keep getting better and the impact I have will make a difference for our pupils. Watch this space!

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