Develop leadership skills through constant learning
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
SCHOOL leaders need to be continually learning to develop their leadership skills, said a British consultant from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
Maggie Farrar told participants at the Sixth National Education Forum yesterday to use the Brunei Darussalam School Leadership Standards to reflect their own practice as leaders and to understand how to improve their skills.
Highlighting the importance of continually learning, she said there is room for improvement in all school leaders.
“If they demonstrate that, the teachers will see it and they’re more likely to also want to learn to improve, and then children will see it and they’re more likely to want to learn to improve,” she said during the forum at the International Convention Centre.
The Nottingham-based consultant advised school leaders to focus on their core role of improving the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom.
“The school leaders are really important people in the change that Brunei is undergoing to become a world-class education system,” she said.
Commenting on the Brunei Programme for School Senior Leaders (BPSSL) conducted by her college in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Farrar said she was impressed by the 178 school leaders who participated.
“We have seen some excellent school leaders on the programme. Even over a short period of time of 10 days, they have really developed their leadership,” she said.
She explained the BPSSL enabled the school leaders to make a difference on outcomes for students by addressing key issues for their schools, which ranged from improving teaching in Mathematics to working with younger children.
“In Brunei, you’ve got a really good basis now, a great foundation on which to build. The university and ministry will all be taking this forward,” she said.
The consultant added that a BPSSL alumni group has been set up by the university’s Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) to facilitate networking and the exchange of knowledge among school leaders.
She was confident the group will help the school leaders sustain the momentum developed through the programme.
“We know one of the ways in which leaders learn is by connecting with other leaders and working together to help each other to improve... The programme together with the leadership standards, which are for use continually, gives a really good basis for sustaining momentum,” she said.
The Brunei Times