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Educational Disadvantage –
A focus on School Leadership
DEIS PROGRAMME
promises……
 “Professional development for principals
including programmes supporting the
development of skills in the areas of strategic
leadership and change management, with the
assistance of LDS”
 “Integrated services: to enhance integration
and partnership working both within the
education sector itself and between the DES
&…..”

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DEIS SCHOOLS

 197 Urban Band-1 Primary schools

 141 Urban Band-2 Schools

 333 Rural Schools

 204 Post Primary Schools in the DEIS


Programme: DAS & VEC

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THE DEIS LANDSCAPE

 BARREN
 ISOLATION
 RESENTMENT
 OVERWHELMED
 RESISTENCE
 FRENETIC
 INTENSITY
 JOY & MORAL IMPERATIVE
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WHAT IS CULTURE?

 “A pattern of basic assumptions – invented,


discovered, or developed by a given group as
it learns to cope with problems….
that has worked well enough to be
considered valid and , therefore, to be
taught to new members as the correct way
to perceive, think, and feel in relation to those
problems” (Schein, 1985)
Highly relevant in a DEIS school
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MAKE OR BREAK
 “Culture is, in part, a learned defence mechanism
to avoid uncertainty and anxiety” (Schein, 2001)
"It can be argued
 that the only thing of real importance that leaders
do is create and manage cultures;
 that the unique talent of leaders is their ability to
understand and work with culture;
 and that it is an ultimate act of leadership to destroy
culture when it is viewed as dysfunctional." (Schein,
2004)

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How
leaders
allocate
How leaders resources
react to Deliberate
critical incidents role
and modelling,
organisational teaching,
crises Building and coaching
&
Maintaining
Culture How
leaders
What allocate
leaders rewards
pay and status
attention to How leaders
recruit, select,
promote,
&
‘excommunicate
Visionary

Historian Symbol

Healer Anthropological
LEADER
sleuth

Actor Potter

Poet

Deal & Peterson, 1999


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 Leadership is about giving direction,


offering inspiration, building teamwork.
It is derived from one’s fundamental
values and personal style.
 Leadership is about finding and
deciding which path to take, about
building and maintaining an
organisational culture
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LEADERSHIP

 Leadership is like beauty: it’s hard to define,


but you know it when you see it…

 Influencing others’ actions to achieve


desirable goals

 INVOLVES THE WISE USE OF


POWER
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LEADER AS LION

 CLEAR PERSONAL VISION


 EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE
 STRONG AND TENACIOUS
 COMMUNICATES FORCEFULLY
 AMASSES POWER
 TAKES CHARGE & SOLVES PROBLEMS

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LEADER AS LAMB

 DEVELOPS A SHARED VISION


 ASKS QUESTIONS
 COPES WITH WEAKNESS
 LISTENS AND ACKNOWLEDGES
 DEPENDS ON OTHERS
 LETS GO

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Empowerment
 The reverse of power wielding

 Allows expression to the creative and service aspects of


leadership

 Skills and ability are more important than status

 Involves people in building a positive culture

 Leaders throughout the organisation

The sharing of power

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MEMBERS OF ANY GROUP

Need to
 Feel important

 Feel valued & appreciated

 Know that they matter

 Know that they make a difference

 Have a sense of significance

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Affirmations

 Positive
 Present tense
 Specific
 Personal
 Emotionally charged
- the difference that makes the difference

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ENCOURAGING COLLABORATION

“If we follow principles (symbolised by a


compass) that always point north, we gradually
develop moral authority; people trust us, and if
we truly respect them, see their worth and
potential, and involve them, we can come to
share a common vision”

Stephen Covey: The 8th Habit

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POSITIVE CULTURE
 LEADERSHIP PERMEATES
 SUCCESS IS CELEBRATED AND
RECOGNISED
 HONESTY, OPENESS ARE EVIDENT
 EXTERNAL INVOLVEMENT
 PARTICIPATION IS ENCOURAGED
 OPEN TO CHANGE
 TAKES RISKS
 SOCIALISATION
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NEGATIVE CULTURES
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The woodpeckers
have to be dealt
with!
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Creating a positive school


culture

TO BE A LAMB IS REALLY TO BE A LION


Grant me the serenity…
to accept the things
I cannot change;
courage to change
the things I can;

and the wisdom


to know the difference.
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