We believe that it is important to invest in and equip leaders and that is what we aim to do.
One of the books that started to shape PiXL at its inception was The Four Disciplines of Execution by Covey et al. That book contains some approaches which PiXL have adapted for use in school leadership. We know that the execution is as important as the vision, and we have leadership tools to help you do that.
At PiXL, we believe in the importance of setting a Wildly Important Goal (WIG), doing a pre-mortem, addressing leadership behaviours, which will help you achieve the WIG, and personalised support for you to get there. Leadership is about creating buy-in from stakeholders, creating winning moments and a culture of celebration of what has been achieved, as well as getting the balance between high care and high challenge. In every national conference, associate visit and Networking Hub, you will hear the messages about leadership coming through. If we want to have the impact that we desire in our schools, for the sake of our young people, then our leadership is key.
There are many different leadership development opportunities that you can access as part of your subscriptions such as:
Partnership with leadership authors and thinkers
We think it is important that we sharpen our own thinking on leadership by reading the latest thinking and research in this area. We are delighted to be working with renowned leadership authors and speakers such as Matthew Syed, Steve Munby, Jaz Ampaw-Farr, Damian Hughes and Ethan Kross.
The School of PiXL Leadership
One of the ways we do this is through our School of PiXL Leadership, which offers leadership development opportunities as part of the subscription and also additional opportunities at an extra cost.
As part of the subscription, all PiXL schools have access to leadership-focused special events like 'In Conversation With...' and bespoke offers each year.
Secondary and Post 16 PiXL schools have access to Engagement Leadership, which is a course about the PiXL Principles in currency (improving outcomes) and character and culture (improving life chances).
1. PiXL Pearls
Reflection is an important part of leadership, so we provide you with PiXL Pearls. These are short reflections about leadership emailed to you every fortnight. We are on Series 3 of the PiXL Pearls podcast.
This podcast has also been hugely popular. If you would like to hear how school leaders have taken non-educational leadership books and used them in their contexts, then click the title and listen.
The additional School of PiXL Leadership courses are as follows and are paid-for courses:
- Exceptional Headteachers’ Programme: to help great leaders build successful and significant Headships.
- Headteacher Coaching Cluster: to help colleagues become better at what they do through sharing good practice, engaging in joint problem-solving and having permission to be vulnerable.
- Exceptional Senior Leaders’ Programme: an innovative leadership programme aimed at aspiring and practising Deputy Headteachers.
- Exceptional Middle Leaders’ Programme: an online course outlining the essential features and characteristics of an excellent Middle Leader, underpinned by an understanding of proven and influential leadership theory and including delivery of an innovative leadership project in the delegate's own school.