The thinking and approaches of new leaders in the FE and Skills market
Further education and skills is a challenging area in which to lead. Change and adaptation are part of our DNA. Policy turbulence is a constant and we have become experts in responding to it. But what is, in many respects, a significant virtue, can also hold us back, preventing us, as a sector, from being all that we can be. It can be tempting for leaders to focus on the day-to-day demands of curriculum change and shifting policy and accountability requirements, or to revert to tried-and-tested coping strategies to keep their organisation afloat in difficult times. Too often, though, these strategies are not fit for purpose, while constant adaptation to external change, however resourceful, can stop us recognising the drivers of that change and responding to them.