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Staff engagement is vital to prevent plans going awry

In the past, school leader Nick Smith underestimated the importance of staff engagement and suffered the consequences. Now, he has a tried-and-tested method to assess the level of enthusiasm for any changes, which helps to ensure his initiatives land successfully

How staff engagement improves plans

In my first days of senior leadership, I was given the task of implementing “key skills” (communication, application of number and information technology) as part of the Curriculum 2000 reforms. To get things started, I delivered a dazzling key-skills presentation during a twilight staff Inset. My plan was clinical, my PowerPoint slides were exceptional and my delivery would have put Winston Churchill to shame.

The lack of questions from staff at the end was surely a sign of how clear my presentation had been; I was quietly confident that every member of staff was on board. However, it soon ...

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