‘Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others can receive your orders without being humiliated.’ (Dag Hammarskjold)
From the programme that I am studying in educational Leadership, I hope to gain many things. In addition to the goals outlined below, I hope to become a more reflective, effective and respected leader.
- To become a Head Teacher of a secondary school which develops aspirational, rounded and well educated young people;
- To develop leadership qualities in others;
- To improve the outcomes for all children that I have responsibility for;
- To be committed to life-long learning and to share my learning with others;
- To be a better leader.
My academic interests are specifically in leadership and not just in education. Some of the texts that I have read before I decided to apply to undertake this Degree include Effective Leadership (Adair,J), Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence (Goleman, D), On Becoming a Leader (Bennis, W) and Monday Morning Leadership (Cottrell, D). On reading these texts, I am most interested in making links between effective Educational, Business, Sporting and Wartime leadership.
In Britain, there is strong statistical evidence to show that white working class boys and girls, young people that receive free school meals and pupils with a special need make the least progress in British state schools. As a leader, I intend to impact social change by raising the aspirations of not just all young people but also the pupils in the groups outlined above. Through increased parental engagement, raising the level of aspiration and challenge, and providing an aspirational, broad and balanced curriculum, I aim to make a meaningful contribution to change. The attainment of the Advanced Degree will enable me to access the roles that will allow me to be at the heart of policy change and key decision making processes.
I have yet to watch the videos ‘Education and Social Change’ and ‘The Phoenix Plus Programme: Social Change in Action’ but will do so within the next three days. I will post my response to them here.