First published in ACCESS Summer 2016 e-zine
Every day we are affected and inspired by the people who surround us. Whether they be our role models, politicians, peers or colleagues – these people help define the lens through which we see the world. So, shouldn’t we endeavour to surround ourselves with people who aspire to be the very best they can be?
This is especially true within school systems. It is a given that we want the people who teach our children to be the very best at what they do. We trust them to inspire the next generation to want to do great things, to enjoy life and give them every tool they need to succeed. This is why the continued development of teachers and school support staff is so essential.
“The students’ experience is purely predicated on the professionalism of the people they come into contact with,” explained CEO and Principal of The British School in the Netherlands (BSN), Kieran Earley.
“It’s purely about the very best people deploying the very best skills, in the best way - every single day. We want our staff to feel committed, purposeful and ready to be challenged… and that doesn’t just happen. That has to be supported and on top of that, it has to be expected.”
And so, the International Leadership Academy was born.
The BSN’s International Leadership Academy (ILA) is an in-house facility that will employ experts to teach and develop current staff members, so that they can be their very best professional selves. While these kinds of programmes have long been part of the BSN’s ethos, the ILA will add strategic direction and a centralised (and physical) base of operations. Its goal is to stream-line a number of pre-existing development programmes and to find ways of improving and adding to them. After all, what better way to encourage constant self-evaluation and development in your staff, than by leading by example?
By prioritising staff needs and ensuring career progression, the BSN and its new ILA make sure that each and every member of staff will contribute to the continued development of the school, and ultimately its exceptional standards of education.
For more information on the ILA, please consult embracing change in education.
The British School in The Netherlands is an independent British international school with three Junior School campuses in The Hague and a Senior School in Voorschoten. With around 2,000 students, the BSN is the largest provider of International education in the Netherlands for children aged 3 to 18.
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