This part of the teaching school’s role is not just about securing headteacher supply: it is clear from current practice and research that systematic talent management has a positive effect on school improvement, performance and the recruitment and retention of the best teaching talent. We have a direct expectation from the Government to take up this challenge:
“In particular, we will expect teaching schools to identify and develop teachers with the potential to take on headship. We will continue to fund succession planning work (via the teaching schools) in the areas with the biggest challenges.”
HM Government, 2010:28 para 2.45
It is part of our Teaching School plan to develop a local talent management strategy across our alliance of schools, including creating and distributing a directory of potential school leaders.
Denbigh High School, a strategic partner within the alliance, is part of the Leadership Partner Schools Network working across alliances to develop effective practice in leadership development and succession planning.