Adam had just began working at his new school when he was put forward for a middle leadership course. He couldn’t believe they meant him and worried what his colleagues would think.
Joining a new school has its challenges and is more than enough PD what with getting to terms with new policies and working with different staff and pupils. I had only just figured out where the staff-room was when I received the information that I was attending a middle leadership course.
At first I thought there must have been a mistake but had an email to confirm it. As you can imagine this was all very daunting and I wasn’t sure how it would go down with the other staff who have been there longer.
This was on my mind and to be honest I could not settle it by myself for a little while so had to ask for a bit more clarification. After speaking to the Deputy Head one would think I’d be completely flattered as she reassured me that there was no mistake made and that the Senior Management saw something in me which was why I had the job in the first place. She said that she is going to give me the push she believes I need and there will be no right time, even with a small growing family. Fortunately she understood that I had only just stepped foot in the building but built me up so much that my head could barely fit through the door after our chat.
I felt slightly better at the idea but still worried about how other staff would react to the news. I was suspicious when I started at school and was givin my areas of responsibility, two large whole school areas in fact working closely with SLT. I’ve always been interested in working my way up and feel that I have many characteristics of a good leader but I’m not the type to put myself forward out of fear of not being as good as other candidates. This is something I’m working on I’m pleased to say.
The day of the course came and I was quite excited to see what it was all about. It was held at another school and a former colleague was also attending the course which turned out as a nice surprise. The course was about holding difficult conversations with staff as a senior leader and I now have a bank of strategies and tips to move forward with.
I took the opportunity to speak to the course facilitator to ask a bit more about moving forward and becoming a senior leader. It reassured me that it is a difficult decision to make as you are often the middle man with tasks delegated to you that aren’t often pleasant.
I am looking forward to the next course and about moving on up in my career. Sometimes you’ve just got to take the opportunity with both hands and go with it! Watch this space.