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My role is to bring my staff together

Scott Sibson 10th December 2019
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“It was an inspirational family member who attracted me to this profession, helping me realise that good teaching can make such a difference to the lives of many young people.”

“There are many rewarding aspects to this role, especially when I see confidence and leadership within my teams. As a manager, it is important from the outset to bring all staff together and develop a shared and clear understanding of where the school is in terms of its profile within the community, attainment and achievement and curriculum development.”

“Becoming an Acting Headteacher by default was a daunting thought, however I was surprised at the fact that regardless of the challenges, no problem is unsurmountable. To anyone considering career progression into Headship, don’t be daunted by perceived problems – there are always solutions and support.”

A headship extends beyond a school

Scott Sibson 10th December 2019
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“For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a teacher. This stemmed from my amazing P6 teacher who made every single child in her class feel important.

“I have been a Headteacher for just over 18 months. I have learned so much about the importance of working simultaneously with the school and its community, as a positive relationship between both is imperative to lead a school on a continuous improvement journey.

“Always remember the reason we do our job is to make a difference and improve outcomes for children. It is important you work hard to build relationships with every individual child to ensure they always feel part of something in class or in the school.

“My advice to anyone considering taking the next steps would be: apply for the Into Headship qualification! The course allows you to develop a network of people who understand what you are going through.”

Why I became a headteacher

Scott Sibson 10th December 2019
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“I was inspired by two Headteachers who both felt it was something I should seriously consider, and it was the encouragement from those in position that gave me the push to take the next steps.

“Since becoming a Headteacher, I’ve been able to help shape the curriculum to best fit the needs of the school and wider community.

“Upholding faith in young people and encouraging others to break down the barriers to learning is crucial. Working with young people and seeing the most difficult to reach grow and develop is without a doubt, the most rewarding part of the job.

“My advice to anyone thinking about the ‘Into Headship’ qualification would be to seriously consider the reasons why you are taking the next steps. Obtain as much practical experience as you can and know it is what you do, what you believe and how you apply your skill set which will make you a successful Headteacher.”

Why becoming a headteacher is so rewarding

Scott Sibson 10th December 2019
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“I was originally drawn to teaching as I have a real passion for helping children progress and learn.

“Once I advanced to an Acting Deputy Head Teacher position, I enjoyed the opportunities that I was given to develop my leadership skills and work beyond the school environment. I recognised the impact that I could have on so many children rather than just one class, enabling all learners to be the best they can be.

“The most rewarding part of the role is seeing confidence increase, learners inspired to learn and take risks. The impact of seeing this from pupils, parents, staff and those within the wider community supports my belief that a school is so much more than bricks and mortar.

“I believe that with the right attitude, support network, drive and commitment the role of a Headteacher can be extremely rewarding and encourage anyone with an interest in leadership to consider supporting a school community in this way.”

The part of the role I’m most proud of

Scott Sibson 10th December 2019
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“Since April 2010 I have been leading the school which gave me my own invaluable education. Throughout this time, I have been involved in the restructuring of guidance, pupil support curricular offerings and development of the learning hub. I have been able to shape the curriculum, specifically regarding the development of Childcare and Early Education.

“My favourite aspect of being a Headteacher is when pupils continue their journey in education and appreciate the difference the school has made. The achievements I am most proud of during my career directly involve the pupils and their families, and the positive opinion of the school in the local community.

“My advice to any teachers considering applying for the Into Headship course would be to enjoy every minute. The research, reading and contacts you can make provide an unprecedented platform to contribute to your personal development as a teacher and an individual.”

How I made my Headship a success

Scott Sibson 10th December 2019
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“I made the decision to become a Headteacher as I believe education can change lives, and I wanted to make a positive difference to the young people in my community.

“The first year was full of surprises as I did everything for the first time. The weight of responsibility surprised me, but I had the strength of well-tested relationships all round me.

“I am lucky to be part of a small, rural community that values the opportunities we have to work together. Building community both within and out with the school is one of the most important parts of my role as Headteacher.

“You are the leader of learning in school and you must lead by example by not relying on past successes.

“I am privileged to witness children’s joy at learning a new skill. In short, the most rewarding part is the success of others – adults and children. It’s easy to underestimate the impact that we, as school staff, have.”

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