“Every decision I made that was ill-informed meant that people were losing a little bit of faith in me.”
Dan Edwards is the principal of Woodstock Primary Academy, a large primary school in the heart of Leicester City. He shares the best piece of advice he was ever given as a school leader, and how that’s shaped his leadership today.
This episode is especially helpful for those new to leadership or starting a new position in the next academic year.
We talk about:
- How to be the most authentic and genuinely humane leader.
- The key steps to transparent leadership.
- Building or rebuilding parental engagement.
- Creating a healthy school culture and genuine staff wellbeing.
- The single thing that makes the biggest difference to staff wellbeing.
- How to know if you’re “getting things right”.
- How to harness the sense of being facilitators of learning, rather than positioning ourselves at the front of the classroom as “teachers and talkers”.
- And much more.
“(New leaders…) sometimes misplace trust by professing to know everything “the saviour is here – someone’s going to give us all the answers” and that’s wrong because we don’t know all the answers.”
You can connect with Dan
His website is leadinginthenow.org
Woodstock Primary Academy @woodstockacad
Also mentioned in this podcast
Kate Jones @KateJones_teach
Sinead Moxham @SineadMoxham
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