#Brainstrust2…… Improving School Leadership: Can our current strategies deliver?

Improving School Leadership: Can our current strategies deliver? June 3rd 5.00 – 6.30pm.

City of Glasgow College, City Campus North Hanover Street, 60 North Hanover Street, Glasgow
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Plans for the Scottish College for Educational Leadership are now advancing and a new CEO will be appointed soon. Join us for an open discussion on all aspects of educational leadership and on whether SCEL and other current leadership development strategies will deliver their stated objectives.

Margaret Alcorn (Convenor of SELMAS) will host the event and chair the discussion. Our panelist are: Margery McMahon, Lead National Co-ordinator for SCEL; Walter Humes, academic and journalist, currently Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Stirling and a regular contributor to the online journal Scottish Review; Danny Murphy, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh; Rodger Hill, Education Officer, Dumfries & Galloway, with responsibility for leadership development and secondary staffing issues and Sue Beattie, , who is currently Head Teacher at Belmont Academy,
Sue has a passionate interest in building leadership capacity and ensuring high quality CPD for staff. She has been actively involved in projects with Tapestry, SELMAS and SCSSA with a focus on all aspects of leadership.

This will be a free event but, to ensure that we can match numbers, accomodation and catering, please let Alex Wood know if you intend attending by emailing him the completed booking form below. SELMAS looks forward to a great discussion and welcoming our many west of Scotland members to our first recent event in Glasgow.
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We are grateful to Glasgow College for hosting this event. SELMAS gratefully acknowledges a grant from the Scottish Government in support of leadership development work in Scottish education.

Forum update – speakers confirmed and Brains Trust 2 – Improving School Leadership: Can our current strategies deliver?

SELMAS FORUM, 15 MAY 2014, ST GEORGE’S SCHOOL, EDINBURGH

We have newly finalised the speakers for this year’s SELMAS Forum. The theme is The Challenge of Socially Just Leadership and the three speakers are Rosa Murray of the GTCS, and Anne-Marie McGovern, Headteacher of St Benedict’s Primary in Glasgow and Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Social Services Council. See the post below for booking but don’t hang about – places are disappearing very fast!

Improving School Leadership: Can our current strategies deliver? June 3rd 5.00 – 6.30

City of Glasgow College, City Campus North Hanover Street, 60 North Hanover Street, Glasgow

Plans for the Scottish College for Educational Leadership are now advancing and a new CEO will be appointed soon. Join us for an open discussion on all aspects of educational leadership and on whether SCEL will deliver its stated objectives.

Margaret Alcorn (Convenor of SELMAS) will host the event, and Margery McMahon Lead National Co-ordinator for SCEL, Walter Humes, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Stirling, Rodger Hill, QIO in Dumfries and Galloway and Sue Beattie, Headteacher at Belmont Academy in Ayr.

This will be a free event but, to ensure that we can match numbers and accommodation, please let Alex Wood know if you intend attending. SELMAS looks forward to a great discussion and welcoming our many west of Scotland members to our first recent event in Glasgow.

We are grateful to Glasgow College for hosting this event. SELMAS gratefully acknowledges a grant from the Scottish Government in support of leadership development work in Scottish education.
SELMAS is grateful for the support and sponsorship of the Scottish Government.

An educator’s reflection on our annual conference 2013

We are really grateful to Nick Hood for taking the time to summarise and give us his analysis of our annual conference. You can read his blogpost here and he’d welcome any comments, as would we! Thanks Nick and glad you enjoyed the day. The hard bit for all of us follows – will this experience make an impact on your practice in the interests of students’ learning? We’d love to hear how – comments please!
Nick also recorded an audioboo ( quick and easy way to podcast) which you can listen to as well. The visions presented for future education were a bit conservative for him – what do you think?

Annual conference 2013: What will education look like in 2023?

Over 100 educators gathered on the 19th of November 2013 for the SELMAS annual conference which discussed the theme of futures education. Perspectives on this were shared from school, local authority, employers and the best-selling author and journalist Matthew Syed. There was a very positive buzz around the room as participants discussed mindsets, new technologies and the poverty/opportunity gap.
Over the next few days you’ll see clips and links assembling on this post and hopefully a few guest blog posts as well. Feel free to use these to share collegiately with your colleagues -please leave a comment on how you used them, what they inspired you to change in your practice or what impact they might have on the learning of the young people in your schools.

Here’s Ollie Bray on Hacking Education, Shoeless Learning and looking at things differently…..there is a link to his slides below as well

…and more on Shoeless Learning

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Do we really need teachers? #swsl

Here are some thoughts on the necessity of teachers from the young people who attended our recent student leadership event.

Govan High School students on what are teachers for

and here is a blogpost from The Govan High Heidie’s Blog on exactly the same thing!
As a member of the SELMAS committee, I was extremely proud to hear that a team of Govan High School pupils were part of the Student Leadership Conference, hosted by Larbert High School on October 31st. Philip Graham (DHT) has been working with the pupils and accompanied them to the conference. He provided me with this report below, which I have posted as today’s guest blog:

On 31st October, I accompanied three pupils to the SELMAS (SCOTTISH EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION SOCIETY) Student Leadership Event, hosted in Larbert High School. This event is the result of several month’s planning by the SELMAS committee who had felt that their organisation needed to hear the student voice. SELMAS has always been keen to involve students in their “adult” conferences, but Alex Wood and Margaret Alcorn of SELMAS had wanted to go to the next level – a conference OF the students, not just one that involves them. And so it was that Govan High was invited to contribute.

The heading that the students had to bear in mind was “The Scary World of Student Leadership: what will education and schools look like in 2023 and how will you play a role in leading that?” and Kristofer Shaw, Jennifer Baird and Katie Hughes set to work preparing their presentations. Jennifer concentrated on “What teachers are for” and made reference to recent examples of ideal teachers, as she saw them, from the media. These were adults who focused on the relationship with their students. Personally, I find a lot in what Jennifer says accords with my own belief that education is primarily about relationships. After all, if the relationship between learners and teachers is sound, the learning is much more likely to flow. Jennifer demonstrated this by using the example of a teacher working with a boy to overcome a stammer – requiring trust, perseverance and inner strength, unconditionally supported by an adult with a sense of belief in the pupil that he could do it.

Kristofer’s presentation was an interactive activity, based on “What teachers will be for” and reinforced Jennifer’s ideas about working together. Asking the audience to work on their own to compile a list of the seven dwarves in the Snow White story, Kristofer asked how many of the audience got seven out of seven (not many!) He then encouraged people to pair up and collaborate (as we do in all workplaces) and observe how the number of top scores improved. Kristofer’s presentation caused me to reflect on how currently, schools still insist on a working model which is entirely irrelevant and completely unrelated to the world of work which we all face after school at some point. Schools often insist that pupils work alone, without collaboration and sometimes do not even focus of Teamwork skills to allow pupils to differentiate copying from collaborating. And yet, never in my working life has any one of the bosses I have had said “And you must do this on your own, without any help from anyone else. Oh and also – close any books that might help you achieve the solution”. Even so, employers still manage to evaluate employee performance without getting them to sit a test in an assembly hall……often the critical factor is how well the employee works with others…

Katie’s presentation was a warm and personal story about her own journey in education. She told the audience of how she had wanted to be a hairdresser and had never really considered any other course of action. Katie’s involvement in the Graduate Programme in school – and the high expectations of her teachers – had opened her eyes to the fact that she had more options than she thought. Katie became aware that if she was prepared to put in the work, University (an option she had never considered) was a realistic aspiration. Katie has a wonderful approach to her aspirations: “I might be a hairdresser one day. But it’ll be because I choose to be a hairdresser; not because I couldn’t think of anything else”.

And so, for me, that concluded a very satisfying conference. Relationships, working together, personalisation and choice. I think if you’re getting those things right, your education system is pretty sound. Just so happens it reminded me of something……

Thank you Philip. And he’s right – it only works…

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Student Leadership in action by Ross High School