Resolve School Leadership Programme
The Resolve Consulting and Management Group is a specialist consulting company specialising in the fields of people, performance and change. Resolve specialises in communicating, activating, motivating and engaging staff and leaders to make strategies and plans come to life. Resolve advises both small and large organisations to successfully navigate change, activate culture and promote organisational learning.
Peermont has brought the Resolve team on board to design, implement and manage the Peermont School Leadership Campaign. These campaigns aim to inspire principals to re-new their commitment to leading good basic school practices that underpin school excellence. These campaign practices include:
- Back to basics – reading and numeracy;
- Visible leadership;
- Time and attendance;
- Aligned School Management Teams;
- Curriculum – coverage, lesson plans, etc;
- Empowered teachers;
- Clean schools;
- Safe schools;
- Active schools – with SGBs and community.
The idea is that by leading simple good practices in one of these areas, each principal together with their management teams can achieve small but meaningful improvements in the way their schools are run. This gives them hope that positive change is possible, insight into their power to effect positive change within their schools, an understanding of how leadership and management responsibility is causally linked, through their behaviour and competence, to the results of their students, and a recipe for how to go about steadily improving the other dimensions of good practice that drive school excellence.
The leadership practice campaigns comprise measurement, implementation of key activities, and engagement of relevant stakeholders, in order for the selected practice to take root.
Measuring the activities making up key practices establishes shared understanding of how we are performing, where we want to be, and whether our actions are moving us towards the goal. For example the ‘time and attendance’ campaign measures: the % of pupils/ teachers arriving late at school, or not teaching and learning 5 minutes after the beginning of each period. Activities comprise appropriate day to day actions that produce the desired practices. Engagement involves connecting with teachers, pupils, parents, district officials to persuade and motivate them to also act in ways that reinforce the positive practice. The schools are also expected to develop creative support, recognition and reward schemes, all of which must become an habitual part of learning and teaching in the school.
Each high school has selected one of the campaigns listed above, while the primary schools have agreed to implement the “back-to-basics” campaign given how important it is that they raise literacy levels of the pupils they feed to the high schools. This campaign introduces regular measurement of English reading speed, and comprehension of students in grades 3 and 6, so teachers and school management know how their students are fairing and can benchmark against other classes, schools and domestic /international targets.