28 May '14

News Specialist leader of education training: be ready for a businesslike approach

'Sometimes the training borrows too much from business leadership and management models, rather than education.' Teacher Andrew Jones reflects on his SLE preparationLast year I had a conversation with my deputy headteacher on how to develop my career without looking for a new job. I had been devising, developing and delivering inset days on teaching and learning, as well as mentoring and coaching colleagues for some time. But I wanted to broaden my horizons and knowledge of best practice by working with other schools so I applied to become a specialist leader of education (SLE) via the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).SLEs are middle or senior leaders who have the expertise to support colleagues in similar positions in other schools. I went through a thorough but straight forward application process although there were a couple of hurdles to jump over on the way. For example, although the training was very useful, at times it borrowed heavily from business leadership and management models as opposed to education-based research and case studies. Here are some of the challenges and benefits I faced during the process to help those who are about to embark on the journey or are considering it as a career option. Continue reading...

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