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Qualities of a sustainable school leader

Students from Swallow Hill Community College in Leeds go on an inspiring site visit as part of their Green Day © www.lydiaevans.com

Students from Swallow Hill Community College in Leeds go on an inspiring site visit as part of their Green Day © www.lydiaevans.com

The National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services’ research suggests that a successful sustainable school leader is someone who:

  • is optimistic and outward looking
  • is skilled at articulating and sharing their vision with the whole school community
  • encourages strong student voice
  • has excellent links with the local and global community

The importance of strong personal conviction and passion was also clear from this research.

Ofsted’s evaluation of sustainable development work undertaken in a selection of schools concludes that the involvement and enthusiasm of the senior management team is vital to drive resources and influence the school’s development plans.

Those interested in developing their links with their local community will find lots of ideas and resources on the Engaging Places website.