I have been a teacher for 31 years, a school principal for 16 years and know so much at the age of 55 Put employees first.
I just wrote a new book called Education Alliance Trust CEO Jonny Uttley Put employees first. It will be released in April.
The thinking behind this new book is best illustrated using a commonly used metaphor …
If the cabin pressure drops on an airplane and the oxygen masks fall off, parents are instructed to put on their masks before putting on their children’s. It’s obvious why. Once hypoxia – a lack of oxygen reaching the brain – sets in, even the simplest tasks become impossible.
Symptoms of hypoxia vary from person to person, but include blurred vision or tunnel vision, hot flashes and cold flashes, euphoria, numbness, tingling, anxiety, nausea, dizziness, headache, fatigue and willingness to fight.
Without an oxygen mask, parents suffering from hypoxia can no longer put on their children’s masks within a few minutes, let alone their own. If parents put their oxygen masks on first, it is better for their children who have a competent, healthy adult to support them with a potentially challenging experience.
The parallel to the teacher is striking. If we do not primarily ensure that our teachers are happy, healthy, well-qualified, highly motivated, hard-working and well-trained experts, they cannot be the best for their students. As a result, a school that does not prioritize professional learning and managing staff workloads – which consequently helps improve staff well-being – disadvantages its own students.
While it is easy to say that there would be no schools without the students, on the contrary, the students would not be taught well enough without really great school staff. What we need – as the recruitment of specialist teachers, school heads and specialist staff is becoming increasingly difficult – is a revolution in dealing with adults in schools.
“What is the most important school-related factor in student learning? The answer is teachers, ”say Schwartz et al., And if they are correct, we have to put our staff in front of our students, because this is the only hope we have to ensure what our students need most: highly qualified teachers (Schwartz et al, 2007).
The longer our schools are populated with hypoxic adults, the more we risk our future.
And while we are determined to bet Staff first, that is not to work in one Blueprint school is an easy ride; far from it. We expect teachers to work hard and be the best version of themselves that they can be.
If quality teaching is the only thing that is really important to improve student outcomes, then we expect teachers in Blueprint schools accept the professional obligation to improve their practice; In fact, we consider this one of the most important aspects of being a teacher in one Blueprint school.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines a blueprint as “an early plan or blueprint that explains how something can be achieved”. Ten years after the Academies Act irrevocably destroyed the structures of the English school system, ten years later we would like to look forward to a revitalized school system in which our country’s teachers and consequently our students thrive.
Our new book is a blueprint for 2030 to revitalize our schools, which is being rude Staff first.
Schwartz, Robert B., Wurtzel, Judy and Olson, Lynn (2007) “Winning and retaining teachers ”, in which“OECD Observer ” No. 261, May 2007
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