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Hertfordshire Leadership Strategy
Aspiring to Leadership in Hertfordshire Schools
The contribution of leadership and management to school improvement is critical. In Hertfordshire we celebrate outstanding quality leadership in many of our schools - this enables children and young people to achieve their full potential and improve their life chances.
In a changing national and local context however, new challenges arise for our school leaders, governing bodies, and the local authority in ensuring that we are able to sustain our current school leadership and develop leadership talent for the future.
The demands of the Every Child Matters agenda and the development of extended schools and children’s centres mean that current models of leadership may not be manageable or effective for the future. We need to look at new leadership models for multi agency working and contributions to local community provision whilst keeping achievement at the heart of the agenda.
Demographic trends nationally indicate that between 2009 – 2011, we will face a significant challenge in the recruitment of school leaders as large numbers of headteachers, deputies and assistant headteachers retire over the next five years. Hertfordshire figures reflect the national picture (see download more detailed information).
To meet this challenge, we will:
The National College for School Leadership talk of a 'national problem' and a 'local solution'. The Hertfordshire Leadership Strategy aims to provide that 'local solution' in partnership with schools.
The strategy has three development priorities:
By 2010 through the successful implementation of this strategy in Hertfordshire we expect: