Unit 4.4 Challenging and holding people to account


For the majority of senior leaders, new or experienced, holding people to account and challenging them to improve their performance presents their most difficult professional task. All teachers are accountable for the learning and progress of the students in their classes. All teachers need to focus on optimising their pedagogical skills and their students’ progress and attainment. The Head Teacher/School Principal has a crucial role to play in communicating high expectations, clear criteria for excellence and in holding people accountable for the outcomes of their professional performance.

This unit will explore ways for Head Teachers/School Principals to use effective strategies to challenge each teacher “to be the best they can be”. We will also look at some of the behaviours of teachers which present a challenge to Head Teachers/School Principals and to consider ways of managing resistance and holding them to account.


By the end of this unit of study you will be able to:

  • recognise the importance of challenging teachers and holding them to account for their professional performance and student outcomes
  • know how to deploy strategies to challenge teachers and hold them to account

Learning and practice outcomes:

You will:

  • gain confidence to provide challenge and support to develop accountability in all teachers

Implementation Task:

Prepare and hold a conversation with a member of staff focusing on accountability.


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