For some time now, leaders and managers have looked to learn from sport. We have just enjoyed another great sporting summer, seeing athletes perform at their best to achieve high levels of success. Leaders in organisations face the dual challenges of not only achieving high levels of performance but also sustaining them.
School leaders are tasked with achieving improved and sustainable outcomes and closing attainment gaps in a constantly changing policy landscape. This prompts questions about the quality of school leadership, an area of ever-growing concern amongst policy makers, practitioners and parents.


Dame Kathy August

Dame Kathy August, who was awarded the DBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to education.
In 2003, Kathy took on the major challenge of becoming the first Principal of the Manchester Academy in Moss Side, which was one of the first city academies in the UK and had previously been described as “one of the worst gang infested comprehensives in the country”. Just over five years later, the Academy was judged to be outstanding by Ofsted.