How to start an inexperienced school principal
Who can be the director
Local government bodies, which include education committees. usually create a staff reserve of teachers with organizational skills. If the head of an educational institution for some reason leaves, in his place appoint someone who was part of this reserve. In this case, the new leader is usually not lost, since he passed special courses at the institute of professional development, he learned to understand the legislation and financial issues. But it happens that a managerial position is assigned simply to an initiative teacher, who has no special training. In this case, the new director should at least begin to master these questions. Of course, in parallel will have to do other things.
Old school or new?
This is a very important issue. If the school is old, it already has some traditions, and teachers have an opinion about what the director should be like. You will inevitably be compared with the former leader. Therefore, first of all, it makes sense to talk with him and ask about traditions, teachers, programs. Of course, many questions will be removed if you have already worked for some time at this school. But in any case, you need to talk with the former director and ask you to get acquainted with the financial situation, the specifics of filling out the documentation, the program for the development of the educational institution, if it already exists.
If you are taking a new school, start with a tour of the building. Look, in what state it is, are there any shortcomings when they are approximately eliminated. Be engaged in preparation of the documentation. Even if the pedagogical team is not yet recruited and the lists of children are not ready, you can prepare some documents yourself. Samples can be taken from the education committee or downloaded on the official website of the Ministry of Education.
Cadres decide everything
Meet the team. Regardless of whether you are taking an old school or a new one, talk to each teacher individually. Find out what program he is working on, whether his work is suitable for the school, what he would like to do for its development. Try to establish a quiet trusting relationship with the possibility of constructive criticism and free discussion of problems. It is possible that it is in a conversation with teachers that the idea will arise on which path the school will go further. After talking to everyone, schedule development prospects, collect the whole team and discuss.
Certification, accreditation, licensing
Do not forget to find out when the school passed the certification and accreditation, as well as the validity of the license. It is possible that your work as a director can begin with the filing of an application for one of these mandatory procedures. If the school is new, the question is how long your school will go through these procedures, it is necessary to find out in the education committee.