The second of a three part Principals’ Workshop was held at the Giraudel Retreat House from Tuesday under the heading: Leadership and Strategic Management in Education.
Principals from around the island participated in the three-day retreat with the intention to promote effectiveness in school management.
Dr Jeffery Blaize, Assistant Chief Education Officer, expects an improvement in school management as a result of the programme. He believes that effective schools depend on effective leaders.
“We expect to see principals implementing those strategies that we promoted during the workshop. We expect to see change not only in the implementation of the strategies but also in terms of students’ output,” he noted.
According to Blaize, the purpose of the forum was to provide principals with a safe environment to explore the challenges faced in schools and there are evaluation activities in place to measure the success of the workshop.
He stressed the importance of training principals because of the value to the education system.
He said, “The Ministry of Education prides itself on continuous educational development and growth of our educators. We are now consciously considering more overt means of training within our school system because we realize that principals are very important to the education system. More so, principals remain in position for long periods of time and if the principals are not in tune with strategic, effective management practices, it could be a limitation for the ministry.”
Topics covered as part of the workshop included: Managing innovation and Change in Schools; Professionalism and Ethics; Diagnosing Students at Risk and Techniques in Stress Management.
Part one of the series was held over the summer and part three is expected to follow during the next school term.