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Small School Leadership

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Summary

Appleton School in rural Oxfordshire is a successful Church of England primary with just five teachers and 120 pupils.

But in 1999 an Ofsted report identified significant weaknesses in subject co-ordination and a lack of middle leadership from teachers within the school.

A year after the Ofsted report, new headteacher Mary Watts took over and decided to tackle the problem head on, allocating multiple middle leadership roles to all five teachers in the school.

She trained them to lead in their subject area and delegated budgetary powers and responsibilities to her staff. She gave them time to carry out their middle leadership roles by covering their classes, and also led by example, taking on middle leadership in IT across the school (an area in which she had no former expertise).

In this programme, we see the teachers talk about the radical changes that have taken place within the school and explain how this has improved teamwork amongst the staff and learning performance for the pupils.

See the resources and support materials page for links related to this programme.

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