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October 2017

Welcome to new academic year!  We hope you had a really enjoyable summer break.

Time to revisit G2G’s core values 3

This year, we are re-visiting Jim Collins’ Good to Great principles that inspired this company. Although the book was written mainly about businesses, much of the principles are applicable to schools.

The third principle – confront the brutal facts- with quote from the website:

Productive change begins when you confront the brutal facts. Every good-to-great company embraced what we came to call “The Stockdale Paradox”: you must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, and at the same time, have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

Do you have a realistic view of how well your school is performing? How do you know? Do you have an ‘unwavering faith’ in you and your staff’s ability to secure and sustain improvement?

“One of the most important lessons I learned in business was that if all you’re getting from your team is a single point of view — usually your point of view — you’ve got to worry. You can get your own point of view for free.”
Lee Iacocca, auto executive

News

Some interesting articles:

  1. The importance of school headteachers/ principals:

http://au.educationhq.com/news/38618/stats-reveal-true-impact-of-great-school-principals/#.WN5_BxFO_o0.email

2. How to have difficult conversations

https://hbr.org/2017/05/how-to-have-difficult-conversations-when-you-dont-like-conflict

MULTI-ACADEMY TRUST?

G2G Education works with a number of academy trusts and has undertaken a multi-academy trust review recently of the Leigh AT, to provide the Trust leaders with an objective external view. This MAT was included as one of the seven high performing MATs in a reecnt Ofsted report.

Please contact us if you would like us to review your MAT.

NEED ADVICE AND SUPPORT FOR YOUR SCHOOL?

Need help with RAISEonline, the new inspection dashboard or with self-evaluation? G2G Education can help you. We can observe alongside senior staff, subject leaders and provide guidance as well as validating judgements about the quality of teaching and giving you an honest external view of your school. We can provide training for teachers and leaders. We have particular expertise in teaching and learning, leadership and management (including governance). We have associates with expertise in a range of subjects and phases.

FREE SCHOOL OR ACADEMY?

Thinking of starting a free school or converting to academy status? G2G Education has a wealth of experience of helping new schools start up and of supporting charter schools in the UK and USA. Please get in touch with us if you would like sound educational advice on all aspects of establishing a new school or changing its status.

 THESIS PUBLISHED

Helena is finally Doctor McVeigh. Her research with the University of Roehampton, London, involved a detailed look at Ofsted’s criteria for the quality of teaching and how it has changed over the years. She interviewed former and current HMI, and ten primary headteachers and teachers from their schools to explore their perceptions of the criteria and how they used them in their schools.

Please click on the link below to read a summary of the main findings of the research. Summary of research thesis Dr H McVeigh July 2016