Section 4: Securing best team


The success – or otherwise – of any change to your curriculum depends on your staff’s ability to enact it well. This is as much about their capability as it is about your leadership ability to get the best out of the skills, experience and expertise they can offer.

This section of our toolkit focuses on how to build good practice among staff – starting right from the point of bringing in the best candidates when recruiting, through to how you communicate with your team, understand and capitalise on their skills, as well as provide for their development.



Section 4: Securing best team

(From our toolkit: Leading your curriculum to inspire outstanding T&L)


As an outstanding curriculum leader, it is your duty to keep an ongoing check on staff achievements and professional development needs to ensure you have the most effective team possible, working with you to make the curriculum vision a potent reality. If you get this right, your whole team will be ready to put into practice the changes you make to your curriculum and T&L so that this is all implemented to best effect.


Access tools and advice to help you:

➤ prepare staff for the curriculum and T&L changes ahead

➤ work well with your staff, so that you understand and capitalise on their skills

➤ identify when you need to bring in new staff, and from there recruit the best people for the job ahead

➤ assess your CPD use using the tools provided to plan overall provision and identify areas for improvement

➤ develop and make good use of peer support groups for professional development

➤ secure a quality staff coaching programme

➤ make good use of mentoring as a development tool, ensuring the right skills, activities, groundrules, and feedback processes are in place

➤ capitalise on workshadowing and secondments to upskill your staff in readiness to implement your new curriculum

➤ develop powerful networking opportunities, links with other professionals and facilitate fruitful informal learning activities

➤ plan an ongoing cycle of development to achieve change effectively and efficiently. 


Use this resource to assess what professional development and support your staff need, as well as how to capitalise on their specific expertise to help develop others. 


Also includes:

➤ PDF of practical tools

➤ Introductory section setting out whole framework for becoming an inspirational curriculum leader – including cycle of improvement, what inspirational looks like in your core responsibilities, and how to gain inspiration from others


Practical tools:

  • Auditing what skills are required to implement new curriculum vision
  • Identifying next stage of development
  • Setting priorities for skills development
  • Being a professional learning community
  • Choosing CPD events: assessing suitability
  • Making best use of your CPD budget
  • Planning your CPD event
  • Assessing your CPD structures
  • Impact of types of CPD: questionnaire for staff
  • Skilled at being a good mentor
  • Priorities for action on developing staff


Examples of practical resources and development activities:

  • Framing questions for interviews
  • Elements of coaching process
  • Examples of mentoring
  • Preparing for workshadowing


– Format: ebook
– Pages: 48 A4
– Author: Angela Dewsbury, Publisher, Inspiration in Education
– ISBN: 978-1-913503-08-6
– Also includes an additional 20pp ebook of all the tools in an expanded and easy-to-use format
– Publication date: 2020


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