School Virtual Leadership Team

Who needs the Virtual Leadership Team?

The Virtual Leadership Team model provides an effective school improvement approach when increased SLT capacity is required, but budgets do not allow for new, permanent appointments to the Senior Leadership Team.

Effective Senior Leadership is an essential element when trying to secure rapid school improvement.  Highly skilled leaders who have an inherent drive and determination to raise standards are a valuable commodity and must be cherished by Headteachers and Governors, alike.

Unfortunately, the real terms financial cost of employing a Senior Leadership Team is rising.  Schools needing to make significant budget cuts can do so most easily by reducing the number of Senior Leaders.  However, this places greater pressures on the remaining SLT to secure improvements and fulfil their teaching commitments to the very highest standards, whilst taking on additional leadership responsibility.

In order to maintain the highest standards, whilst reducing budgets, school leaders at all levels, including governors, will need to seek alternative, creative ways of increasing Senior Leadership capacity, particularly at busy times in the Senior Leadership calendar, or following important events such as Ofsted inspections.

What can the Virtual Leadership Team do?

The Virtual Leadership Team enables Headteachers to select which area of additional Senior Leadership capacity they require, at certain times of the academic year, without having to employ an additional, permanent member of their SLT.  This is particularly helpful within the following areas of leadership and management:

  • Reviews of teaching, learning and assessment following recently identified underperformance of a department or team.
  • Collection of evidence / moderation of judgements during quality assurance.
  • Writing post-Ofsted action plans.
  • Collection of evidence for / moderation of judgements in the whole school self-evaluation.
  • CPD, coaching, mentoring and other training.
  • Budget and staffing reviews.
  • Middle leadership development, including coaching and mentoring.
  • Data analysis at busy assessment points throughout the year.
  • Moderation of performance management decisions at specific points in the appraisal cycle.
  • During periods of extended absence of a member of the SLT.

How does the Virtual Leadership Team work?

If you find yourself in any of the scenarios outlined above, it will be beneficial for you to use Castles Education’s school improvement consultants as a Virtual Leadership Team.  Call us or email us to discuss your needs with one of our ex-Senior Leaders.  Together we will identify how and when we can increase your SLT capacity.  One of our SLT consultants will be assigned to your school and begin working at your school, as a member of your Senior Leadership Team, under the remit and time-scale you have given us.

Paying for one-off projects or regular visits throughout the year on a per visit basis, is far more cost effective than recruiting a full time Senior Leader with on-costs.  Our model also allows for immediate accountability (if we don’t’ perform, you never use us again) as well as the ultimate in performance related pay (you only pay on satisfactory completion of the agreed activity).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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