Monday, 21 April 2008

21st Century School Leaders.... the way forward


It is really encouraging to see countries recognise the need to help develop school leaders and train them to become leaders of tomorrow (or even now!). Already in the UK the NPQH is a compulsory qualification for headteachers, other countries have mandatory qualifications, but some are directed to help administration skills focusing less on teaching and learning.
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The issue is to ensure that all school leaders have support and development in the introduction of 21st century teaching and learning skills, to a) reduce ridiculous and uninformed decisions (as in the post blog below "Lets ignore 21st century"), and b) help ensure that our students are engaged and motivated in their learning using the tools that they expect to use in their normal life!.
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In the Cayman Islands the NELP (National Education Leadership Programme) training programme is designed specifically for education professionals in, or seeking to adopt, leadership roles. It was developed specifically for the Cayman Islands and has to date been administered by the Education Standards and Assessment Unit, the government body responsible for conducting independent evaluations of Cayman’s public and private schools. It is a challenging, practical programme based on best practices in real schools!
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The NELP two-year programme was developed in partnership with the London Centre for Leadership in Learning in the UK and takes into account the particular needs of schools in the Cayman Islands. It provides its successful candidates with the equivalent of the UK’s National Professional Qualification for Headship. Topics covered as part of the course include developing and implementing a vision, strategic and development planning, target setting, performance evaluation, team-leading, managing resources and meeting students’ needs.
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A number of Cayman’s educators were recently recognised for outstanding achievement when the Education Ministry presented them with their awards for successfully completing the NELP programme. One commented that “NELP integrates well with the current student-centred thinking in education in the Cayman Islands, because it benefits students directly by equipping school leaders with the practical skills they need to run institutions which focus on students’ needs.” Absolutely as it should be!
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If we get the leadership regarding teaching and learning right (at every level), then our students do at least stand a fighting chance of developing their skills to be able to compete, as they say, against the best in the global workforce of tomorrow.
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The problem is that the tomorrow we keep hearing talked about is actually already here today!
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