Liam Stewart is a British educator and leader who has over 14 years of experience working and leading in schools. He is currently based at Aldar HQ as the Primary Manager supporting training, school review and development. Before joining Aldar, he was the Head of Primary and EYFS in Abu Dhabi, and a Vice Principal in Dubai. As well as his BA (Hons) and PGCE (QTS), he also has an MA in English Literature (The University of Sheffield), an MBA in Educational Leadership (University College London), and a Fellowship from the Chartered College of Teaching in the UK. When he’s not spending time with his wife and two young sons, he is studying towards his PhD in Educational Leadership.
16 November 2022 | 11:30 - 11:50 | English | The Frustrated Middle Leader - Empowering Middle Leaders to Turn Theory into Practice
As schools invest in middle leaders, frustrations emerge when their attempts to enact change are restricted. Systems and perceptions are often misaligned with the training provided and there is a stark difference between the theoretical and the practical. And although many schools are prioritising the development of staff in order to raise the profile of their establishments, middle leaders are becoming increasingly frustrated. The talk will explore the conditions necessary for a middle leader to turn theory into practice. Examples of effective impact will be shared in order to demonstrate that senior and executive leaders must place more trust in the people on the ground. Finally, the talk will share possible avenues for further research. How can we measure middle leadership development against improvement in student outcomes? What does the research around middle leadership development mean for the MENA region and how can more schools benefit from this understanding?