Practical Management Course
Writing quality documentation to ensure effective communication and clarity of planning and communication
Much has been written about the importance of leadership but often this is to understate the importance of certain management skills. Producing a variety of documentation is a responsibility that middle and senior leaders find very quickly is part of their new role. However, too often, without any training or good examples, leaders at all levels are asked to produce key documents which direct the improvement and development agendas for the school. The skills of being able to write purposeful and useful documentation are expected and taken for granted but they have to be learned and this is often by trial and error with the anxiety that goes with it.
This course consists of three modules and two gap tasks to address the main aspects of writing all managers will have to produce at some point in their careers – strategic and operational planning, self evaluation, and briefings and commentaries for a variety of audiences – and provides practical advice, from designing a document to completing it.
Module 1: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Making the most of meeting time
Meeting time, whether in a team of staff or senior management, is precious and often meetings can fail to get through the business in hand or sometimes, if they do, they become too repetitive and procedural. This module looks at defining the purpose of meetings and increasing their efficiency and effectiveness from the composition of the agenda and the production of minutes to planning for a series of meetings and allowing time for developmental discussions.
Module 2: Thursday 13th October 2016
Producing purposeful plans
Schools have a plethora of plans for a variety of purposes but the skill of choosing words and phrases that communicate clearly and link priorities with actions is often lacking. If a plan is worth having it must be easily understood, be shared with others and be realistic. This module looks at different formats for different purposes and addresses the importance of clarity and consistency in strategic planning.
Module 3: Thursday 3rd November 2016
Say what you mean and mean what you say
Managers are often called upon to write a briefing for other leaders, other staff or governors with very little guidance in how to get the main messages across with sufficient brevity but enough detail. This module looks at the most efficient ways to produce evaluations, briefings and commentaries that will inform, propose and sometimes challenge.
Module 4: Thursday 17th November 2016
Self-evaluation – not as easy as it seems
Succinct, coherent and evidenced self-evaluation has never been more important, not only as evidence for Ofsted inspection but also as a tool to make the connection between school-improvement planning priorities and evidence of impact. At its best it can be in a format that is useful to all staff and regularly updated by a variety of senior and subject leaders.
This module looks at how to write evidenced statements and produce a Self-Evaluation Form (SEF) that will once in place will become a ‘living’ document.
Module 5: Wednesday 30th November 2016
Leading and managing others – the greatest challenge
People are the best and most expensive resource in any school and getting the very best performance from everyone ensures success, but managing others requires leaders to learn about clear communication strategies in order to be able to empower and develop others.
This course is suitable for senior leaders, existing and aspiring subject leaders.
L.E.A.D. Academy Trust, 5a The Ropewalk, Nottingham for Module 1 and then venue to move around Alliance schools.
Course Leader –Wendy Morton – experienced education adviser and consultant, working with primary, secondary and special schools in the East Midlands
£325 for L.E.A.D. TSA members (£275 additional place)
£400 for non-TSA members (£350 additional place)