As many of you know, I have been working through my leadership journey. As a year 4 teacher and Phonics lead, since November last year, I've worked really hard on trying to build relationships with my Key Stages 1 team.
I've done a lot of reading about how to successfully lead a subject/team. The word that keeps coming up, again and again, is trust. I think that I have made a huge leap in the right direction today.
As it's the phonics screening, our KS1 leader has been running it for years. I could have steamrollered in, organised it all, taken over and generally been 'the boss'. I knew that was totally the wrong approach. I have requested the day as one of my release days and just made myself available to support where required. I have asked questions if I was unsure, I have asked if there were any objections to me listening in to a couple of screenings. I ended up listening to 5 or 6 as the day went on. I did duty for one teacher, meaning that she could have a break and still carry on with the assessments afterwards. This was then followed by a really productive and useful conversation with the KS1 leader, where we worked through our assessment procedures and came up with a great solution to the problems we have with consistency across EYFS and KS1. I ended the day with her saying 'Thank you' to me, something I never thought I'd hear.
It has become totally clear to me today, humility, trust and honesty will take you so far as a leader. They really shouldn't be underestimated.