Published in e-newsletter hyphen in April 2006
The staff team, as you already know, is the most important resource in a school setting, and, of course, it is vital that this team works together for the manager (and the school) to function effectively.
All hyphen executive club members already know (through extensive repetition from our side!) that a school manager needs a clear vision, a vision about education in general and a vision about the mission and purpose of their school; and that this vision should be a more or less clearly defined one for the manager to share with the team. It is through the team’s support of this vision that everyone will be working towards the same end. In addition, it is important for the team to share the same principles. The manager’s role is to make sure everyone knows what they are aiming for, what the expectations are, and what the standard practice is.