chapter  8
Working in teams and managing change
WithNeil Suggett
Pages 16

This chapter considers the nature of successful teamwork and the components of effective change management. It addresses the challenge of developing our team, with an emphasis upon positive self-talk and optimism. It is a truism that nobody is perfect, but a team can be. As the English subject leader one of our biggest challenges is to facilitate people working together as an effective team. A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they are mutually accountable. The English subject leader is ultimately responsible for everybody in the school who has a part to play in delivering effective English teaching. Teamwork is most effective when everybody knows what they are seeking to achieve and understands their part in the process. A clearly articulated vision provides a picture of where the school is going and what outstanding teaching and learning look like.