29 May 2019

If you want a department where ideas are shared, learners are inspired and teaching is dynamic,

YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE LEAD

TO BE AN EFFECTIVE HOD …

• be the first to share ideas

• praise your team when they are doing well

• sing your team’s praises in front of the principal, SMT, parents and others

• when delegating, resist the temptation to redo, but quality assurance with the aim to develop

• develop a sense of ownership among the staff so they have pride in what they do

• protect your staff, motivate them continuously

• encourage initiative and new ideas

• look after your team – your most valuable resource

• notice when your team is working hard and seek ways to relieve some stress

• deploy your staff wisely

• use what you’ve got – boost your profile – keep the department relevant

• use the hall foyer/display boards/brag boards – make links to current news stories

• nurture links and network with other schools

• set short, achievable goals each term/year

• set the focus as a team: better results, higher numbers, better teaching – set a clear vision

• work out the steps to get there; better exam technique, revision materials, etc.

• meet regularly and discuss how you’re getting on with the goal you have set

• achieved the goal? Celebrate, tell someone, and set another goal

Effective leadership is not a popularity contest. It’s about achieving results with integrity.

CHARACTERISTICS OF EXCELLENT HODS

• have the skill to engage constructively with people

• have excellent communication skills

• have very good diplomatic skills

• can manage a number of competing demands

• have excellent delegation skills

• are flexible and adapt to changing circumstances

• can develop their skills and seek advice from a variety of sources

• can exercise judgement and take risks

• maintain a proper balance of emotions – EQ!

• have respect: The dignity of each individual is the concern of any leader, regardless of differences

• have a deep commitment to your school, every colleague, parent and learner

THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF HODS

• teaching; extra-and co-curricular management of educators and learners

• sharing the duties of organising and conducting extra- and co-curricular activities

• managing personnel and dividing work

• participating in educator appraisal processes

• keeping textbooks and equipment in good condition

• planning of budget for the department

• subject work schemes

• policy implementation and communication

• monitor and manage curriculum coverage

• submit weekly/monthly/quarterly reports to the deputy principal and district

• be the champion for school-initiated CPTD

ACCORDING TO PAM: the formal school day may not be less than seven hours

CORE DUTIES:

• there must be a specified teaching time

• relief teaching should be ensured

• extra- and co-curricular activities

• put in place: pastoral duties like detention …

• supervisory and management functions

• there must be an administration

• professional duties i.e. meetings, workshops

• planning, preparation and evaluation

WORK TO BE DONE OUTSIDE THE FORMAL SCHOOL DAY:

• programme planning, preparation and evaluation

• extra- and co-curricular duties (staff and learners)

• ensuring professional duties (meetings, workshops)

• ensuring professional development (80 hrs per year)

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