Effective management should involve all the Senior Leadership Team and Line Managers enabling burdens to be shared and actions to be delegated, but often the decisions lie with the Headteacher because leaders don’t feel confident taking action.
In cases concerning staff attendances, behavioural and performance issues, the direct line manager is often aware of the issue long before it reaches the radar of the Headteacher. Taking action early on can help the school resolve issues quicker, avoiding time-off and maintaining teaching quality. This type of proactive organisational culture is only possible when leaders understand what they can and can’t do and what they can and can’t say. Without this, further issues could be created and the responsibility lies solely with one person.
An important focus in the current climate is what Ofsted are looking for in relation to managing staff. The School Inspection Handbook 2015 explains that in relation to managing staff, inspections will focus on:-
- the effectiveness of the actions leaders take to secure and sustain improvements to teaching, learning and assessment and how effectively governors hold them to account for this
- how well leaders ensure that the school has a motivated, respected and effective teaching staff to deliver a high quality education for all pupils, and how effectively governors hold them to account for this
- the quality of continuing professional development for teachers at the start and middle of their careers and later, including developing leadership skills and how leaders and governors use performance management to promote effective practice across the school
At Fusion, we run an HR Key Skills training course for middle and senior leaders to develop their knowledge and gain confidence. We focus on the key areas of managing attendance, performance and capability, disciplinaries and grievance procedures and investigations, as well as looking at the basics of conditions of service, employment law and particularly focusing on the Equality Act 2010, which underpins HR case management.
To book a place for you or a delegate to attend the course please contact Lucy Hutton on 01924 827869 or email email@example.com. You can find more about the course by downloading our course leaflet. The next course begins in September.