JMC provided Ampleforth with a very useful school leadership audit. I can thoroughly recommend JMC for their expertise and objectivity.Robin Dyer, Headmaster, Ampleforth College
What are the benefits of a JMC School leadership audit ?
- Increased self-awareness
- Creates a positive culture of openness
- Boosts confidence
- Improves leadership development
- Promotes professional dialogue
The world of education is constantly changing. Expectations of school leaders are increasing all the time.
So how do we ensure that the best appointments are made and then the leadership team remains resilient and sustain great practice in changing times?
Should we involve an external advisor in our school leadership audit?
Sometimes even great leadership teams need a little extra help. A ‘critical friend’ or ‘external advisor’ to accompany for a short while – to provide a fresh perspective on ‘what-went-well’ and the expertise and experience to help take action on the ‘even-better-if’. Someone objective but supportive: an expert trainer and facilitator who can also be a sounding board and help with almost any aspect of school leadership or management.
- There is a clear expectation within Ofsted School Inspection Handbook and ISI framework that there are rigorous and robust processes in place.
360-degree approach to school leader’s appraisal
A 360-degree performance management approach can be extremely valuable, involving a range of stakeholders, which can focus on, as required:
- Strategic vision and personal qualities
- leadership style
- decision-making and communication skills
- managing and developing people
- Pedagogy, learning, teaching and achievement
- inspection requirements for leadership and management
Headteachers and principals have a vital role in providing their SLT with the right level of support and challenge which a formal system for monitoring performance can enhance.
We offer a practical expert resource to help out just when you need it; to share expertise and current best practice; to help sharpen focus on the urgent and the most critical; and to support the confidence and competence of the Head.
‘(The school leadership audit was) a mixture of guidance and challenge, which was exactly what was needed as the role of Principal becomes ever more burdensome.’Dr Daniel Sturdy, Principal, Wotton House School.
Training for leadership teams on Appraisal & lesson Observations
Many school leadership teams take advantage of our training programmes to upskill both senior and middle leaders in lesson observation and the subsequent feedback and professional development and mentoring. We can also assist school’s in streamlining the appraisal process to create a positive school culture of openness and professional & pedagogical dialogue. Find out more about this CPD by clicking the links below: