Results through Relationships - ColourWorks
During Term 5 Swale Academies Trust launched its first leadership conference, which saw 64 secondary school leaders from across the Trust come together to learn more about their selves.
“This was a great opportunity to get 7 different secondary schools from both Trust schools and Trust partner schools together. “ Executive Headteacher, for Secondaries, Derek Trimmer felt it was important for the growth of the Trust to bring these diverse teams together, staff received an individual leadership profile that highlighted strengths and areas for development. They were able to identify their own leadership style and think about how to apply it to the team they work in. He addressed the group of leaders, stating that Swale Academies Trust is one of the leading and most successful Multi Academies Trusts in the South-East with a sustainable level of growth for the foreseeable future. This event was an opportunity to get an overview of the different behaviour styles available within the vast secondary school leadership team. “I am constantly thinking about how I am able to create new leadership groups for different environments in order for the Trust’s support work to continue. This event will be the first of many that will give me the opportunity to do so.”
Having initially been profiled by ColourWorks and impressed with the accuracy of the outcome, Derek Trimmer believes that using the colour language of insights and profiling with his fast growing team across the South-East would allow staff to see how they work individually and as a whole. Ideally, each team can pin point ‘blinds spots’ within their make-up. This insightful exploration was delivered through highly engaging activities including role-play and conflict management. The individual school leadership teams were able to see how they each worked through various elements of challenge and conflict with people with completely different leadership styles, allowing for respect, compromise and ultimately highly successful teams.
“I was slightly sceptical about giving up 4 hours after a tough day…How wrong could I have been. I received a document that upon reading felt as if the author had been watching me for the past 5 years. It was also really useful to have discussions about dealing with your opposites and looking at the make-up of our own personal teams. The time flew by and we are all still talking about it now.” Craig Hallam, Westlands School
“The ColourWorks workshop was superb. It was extremely informative and offered a deep and comprehensive insight in to ourselves, our behaviour and where we sit within our team. The report is great reading, despite a few ‘ouch’ moments of truth and reality.” Lisa Murphy, Community College Whitstable
This leadership event was an important part of an already established series of Trust networking events. Swale Academies Trust is now planning a large scale leadership conference for April 2017. This will see the whole teaching staff from across all schools come together, with confirmed lead guest speaker Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner for London and the South-East.