Cathedral School in Linköping was founded in 1627 and is thus Sweden's third-oldest secondary school after Rudbecks high school in Västerås and Thomas High School in Strängnäs. The school's motto is tradition and progress.
C4E Coach Alexandra Tittus and Martin Richards will be holding a whole-day in-service training in Observation and Reflection for the 60+ teachers at Cathedral School. In this venture we will be collaborating with key teachers at the school whose work includes teaching students and supporting their colleagues' ongoing professional development. We will teach the teachers to use the GROW tool for coaching sessions, as well as the AFORM structure for their long-term collaboration.
How long does a head teacher last?
My research into the local situation in Gothenburg, Sweden has revealed that headteachers wear out very quickly. Half of the head teachers newly-recruited to Gothenburg schools leave within 3 years. Why? It seems that the job is more challenging than they imagined. Where do they go? Most take a head teacher position in another school outside the Gothenburg area. This is a problem for the employers of head teachers, and an opportunity for C4E. I am communicating with the Personnel Department and suggesting that they use C4E coaches to support head teachers in their first year(s). If coaching support can result in a head teacher staying at the same school for one year longer, this will give a large (25%-30%) savings in recruitment costs, as well as a long list of other advantages such as:
Stronger and more stable relationship of trust between head and staff
Teachers will lean into the atmosphere of trust, and spread those benefits to the students.
Fewer "chop and change" effects when new heads attempt to make cultural changes quickly
Ongoing professional development projects more likely to be completed and implemented