Leading Change

Jo Owen takes a critical look at staff morale at a closing school What happens when planet business and planet education collide?

Headteacher Pamela Hutchinson is facing the biggest challenge of her career: keeping a happy ship while her school is being shut to make way for a City Academy. When no-one from the head down knows whether he or she will have a job in the new Academy, staff wellbeing is hard to achieve. We bring in Jo Owen, leadership expert and troubleshooter, to advise. He can only promise them a ‘Valley of Death’ – a transition curve every organisation has to go through, but which he believes could hold the key to staff morale.

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