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Leadership for 2022

Student Leadership Team

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been advertising and then interviewing for the Student Leadership Team at JTFS. We are looking for dedicated and hard working young people who can demonstrate the key leadership characteristics of:

– values driven leadership, demonstrating trust, respect and integrity
– a clear vision for what it means to be a JTFS student
– a passion for excellence and drive for personal growth
– a willingness and positive attitude to being a positive role model for others

Students who applied put a lot of thought, time and effort into their application and it has been a real pleasure to interview the short listed candidates. They spoke clearly and in a very articulate way about how they could positively influence the next generation of students at John Taylor Free School, the ideas they had for future developments and how to be an effective team player as part of the Student Leadership Team.

Leadership development has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy spotting talent and providing opportunities for further growth. I am proud to work with many talented individuals and thoroughly enjoy planning for the Leadership Development Programme as part of Professional Learning. To be able to support others to reflect, discuss and learn is a wonderful opportunity. Each time we meet and consider our practice, the principles of Ethical Leadership, coaching and emotional intelligence, I learn something new about my own leadership.

Delivering the new NPQH programme as a Visiting Fellow with Ambition Insitute and John Taylor Teaching School Hub has also been a pleasure this term. I have met leaders from different schools and contexts and each experience has taught me something new. A thirst for learning as a professional and a strong ability to self reflect and evaluate are important features of effective leadership.

As part of our STRIPE approach, we often talk about being a “Team Player” – knowing when to lead and when to be led is a key skill which even experienced professionals can find hard! I am really looking forward to working with the new SLT – Student Leadership Team – to see what they have to offer, to help them shape the future of the school and provide positive role models for the other students at JTFS.

Sue Plant

Student Leader

If you have questions or would like to know more about our school, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

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