- Mentoring and Coaching and Strategic Development in Educat...
Mentoring and Coaching and Strategic Development in Education. Illustrate your essay with specific examples.
The current climate of reform which is fundamentally reshaping
the national educational system is generating a need for new
systems of management.
The changes are driven by a raft of governmental legislation and
directives aimed at addressing social issues such as low standards
of literacy and numeracy amongst school leavers, Frean (2006),
social disengagement of young people, DfES (2006a), child
protection, DfES (2004), racism, and community
In conclusion, a number of implications for leadership
development are evident for promoting effective strategic
development. Leaders need knowledge about their students and
staff, and about current legislation that impacts on the school and
its teaching and learning. They need to be conversant with
learning theories and current research in education, and
knowledgeable about the level of capability and capacity needed to
undertake effective strategic development. They also need
understanding about people, and how to empower and motivate them to
achieve goals. They need high quality inter-personal and
communication skills, the ability to analyse and take the long
view, to think strategically, and be able to reflect on strategic
planning and long-term objectives.
The values, attitudes, and qualities of an effective leader in
strategic development, are the ability to challenge and question
whilst prioritising their own strategic thinking and
learning. They also require an ability to construct mental
models, and to value sustainable achievement as part of a shared
long-term strategy. They need to be able to value the future,
and the skills of their staff and students in developing a vision
of it. They need to be able to maximise the potential of
those around them, and develop strong personal and professional