The What is Good Leadership? toolkit can be used in a variety of ways to meet the needs of schools and individuals who wish to evaluate and improve the quality of their leadership and management.
The matrix is designed to create a strong visual overview of the quality of leadership and management and uses a ‘best fit’ methodology. Evaluative questions in the left hand column lead the user to identify the statements that best fit their current position. As these are highlighted, a clear picture of the overall quality of their leadership will appear. Key areas of strength emerge and development points can be identified. Upon completion of the matrix, the key strengths and development points can be summarised in the relevant sections at the end of the document.
The matrix supports informed, critical and objective self evaluation, enabling an individual, or a whole school, to formulate their own judgement on the standard of their leadership. There are no absolute numerical values applied as the visual nature of the matrix gives a clear indication to inform the user’s professional judgement. As a rule of thumb, we would advise that at least 70% of any grade should be met to achieve that grade.
WIGL? is written by Heather Clements and Ann O’Hara, both highly experienced educational consultants, who have worked with experts within specific areas to ensure that the descriptors in the toolkit truly represent the best practice nationally for each role identified.
The toolkit is based on core leadership and management skills and attributes. It is tailored to the specific middle and senior leadership roles found in the majority of primary phase schools.