Broadway Academy’s focus on Character, Leadership and Ethos!
Over the last half term, I have been meeting with new teachers, Heads of Department and fourteen staff who are starting, and also those finishing leadership projects (NPQSL and NPQML) linked to the School Improvement Plan. I do this to find out how the first half term has gone and see if there are any pressing issues we need to address. It is one of the most satisfying aspects of Headship – growing leaders. Outstanding schools have strength in leadership throughout the organisation.
Staff think our students are great; they have bought into the values, vision and ethos and feel supported. We also had a really good discussion about aspects of teaching, research projects and how we can work on improving students’
punctuality to lessons and improving their corridor behaviours. Our literacy focus this term is improving extended writing across the academy. The new Behaviour Policy is working – staff are in charge of their lessons and students usually do as they are told first time. However, we do have a particular focus on a small minority of students in year 10 who are still not operating fully-in-line with the policy and there is ongoing work with them to ensure they meet our high expectations.
Attendance is excellent: 97.2% Persistent Absence: 6.89%.
We expect teachers to prepare very good lessons and develop positive relationships with the students – I am so proud of the quality of teaching in lessons and it’s a pleasure to show visitors around Broadway Academy. Whilst we have a relentless focus on Year 11 and 13 to ensure their results are excellent we also have a focus on the development of the character of all our students. We are working on a Character Education Pilot with three other schools in Birmingham with the hope that we can roll this model out to all Birmingham schools and students. Over the last week we have had visits from many Secondary and Primary schools where our staff have been sharing different aspects of Broadway’s successful school improvement model.
The Senior Leadership Team need to Lead and Manage. Lead by making sure the School Development Plan is happening; we really are driving the school forward. But we must stick to the plan. Don’t introduce new ideas and initiatives that don’t fit into the plan as they will just overwhelm people. We know where we need to go, we have set out how we are going to do it, so let’s just do it. As managers, we must make sure we hold the departments we line manage to account. We must live out the school’s values. We have worked on the Broadway Academy Leadership and Staff Behaviour Framework over the last year.
Broadway Academy Leadership and Staff Behaviour Framework – August 2018
The Broadway Academy Leadership and Staff Behaviour Framework has been developed to ensure that the Academy values are recognised, modelled and promoted by managers, leaders and staff. They aim to support:
a culture that enables students and staff to excel and
a commitment to setting high expectations for the conduct of students and staff in line with the Broadway Leadership Improvement Plan and the Ofsted inspection framework for Leadership.
The Broadway leadership and staff behaviour framework supports the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards:
“Teachers make the education of their pupils their first concern, and are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in work and conduct. Teachers act with honesty and integrity; have strong subject knowledge, keep their knowledge and skills as teachers up-to-date and are self-critical; forge positive professional relationships; and work with parents in the best interests of their pupils.”
Support Staff play a vital role in taking the ‘noise’ away. Facilities are all in place; all photocopying is done, the internet works, communication is clear, the website is up to date and informative.
There are key documents we all have to know and constantly refer to. The School Development Plan, Staff Handbook, Self-Evaluation, Calendar and Weekly Headlines that outline the week ahead.
Parents need to Know, Engage and Challenge. Know what your child is doing and he/she is performing. Check reports, ensure students have the correct equipment and arrive to school on time; read the Head’s bulletin, check the website and bags for letters. Engage: attend school events, parent consultations and parents’ evenings. Be as involved and supportive as you can be. And Challenge us in the right way. Ask questions from me, email the school, book appointments – this school be-longs to all of us and we want the very best for every student.
Our Children, Our Community, believe it can be done!