Anne Pearson, Curriculum Support Manager, led a staff development session with Early Years and Primary leaders looking at how talent is managed in Falkirk Education Services. This work relates to how we are managing change, which in turn is influenced by context and culture.
Context and culture is influenced by many things and the groups made use of the following key influencers:
- Learning to Achieve (Falkirk Council, Education Services, 2009) Section 4,
- the revised General Teaching Council for Scotland standards that come in to play in August 2013
Falkirk’s goal is to ensure that teaching and learning will be delivered by highly skilled practitioners with increased levels of professional autonomy and accountability. Class teachers through to Headteachers have a role to play in delivering this goal; the focus of the session was how leadersgo about selecting and recruiting new staff.
The learning intentions for the session were
• to have a clear understanding of revised strategy- know the big picture
•acquire new learning re behavioural event interviewing
In turn, the participants noted it was ‘changed days’ and that it was important to ‘know the processes’ and also ‘to start to think of a long term strategy for talent management’. Another big question was ‘how do we grow and retain our own talent?’ and that in times of fiscal constraint ”how do we make sure we get a return on our investment?’
Here is what some leaders are going to do in light of what they learned:
- I need to look at staff development , thinking more about PTs moving on to becoming DHTs
- I am going to find out how to get involved in our assessment centres
- I can now apply further understanding to the planning and running of my future assessment centres
- I will attend the upcoming Selection and Recruitment training event
- I am speaking to others so I can clarify how to take forward recruiting a PT
- Go talent spotting!
Let’s end on this comment- it sums up where our leaders want to go:
I got such a buzz out of this session- working as a collaborative is powerful !