Headteachers Interview Questions and Answers. (Latest NESA Examination)
- What are the Professional standards for school leadership?
Creating strategic direction for the school
Management of the school as an organization
Working with parents and the wider community
- School leaders´ values are key components for successful leadership, state any five values that Head teacher should have.
- Risk –taking
- As Head teacher, what do you understand by
- A gender responsive school?
A gender responsive school is one in which the academic, social and physical environment and its surrounding community consider the specific needs of both girls and boys. This implies that teachers, parents, community leaders and members and learners are all aware of and practice gender equality. It also assumes that school management systems, policies and practices recognize and address the gender- or sex-based needs of both girls and boys.
- Inclusive education?
Inclusive education is about treating all learners as individuals. It is about making sure that all learners can learn. Therefore, it is much broader than special needs education, which focuses on learners with disabilities.
- Basing on Epstein’s model, what are the six types of community and parental involvement that schools can use to involve parents in the learning of their children?
Parenting: Assist families with parenting skills, family support, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions to support learning. Assist schools in understanding families’ backgrounds, cultures, and goals for children.
Communicating: Communicate with families about school programs and student progress. Create effective, reliable two-way communication channels between school and home.
- Volunteering: Improve recruitment and training to involve families as volunteers and as audiences at the school. Enable educators to work with volunteers who support students and the school. Provide meaningful work and flexible scheduling.
- Learning at Home: Involve families with their children in academic learning at home, including homework, goal setting, and other curriculum-related activities.
- Decision Making: Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy activities through school councils or improvement teams, committees, and other organizations.
- Collaborating with the Community: Coordinate resources and services for families, students, and the school with community groups, including businesses, agencies, cultural and civic organizations, NGOs and colleges or universities.
- What Understand by the School Improvement Plan ( SIP)?
A SIP is a road map that sets out the changes a school needs to make to improve student achievement and shows how and when these changes will be made. The primary purpose of SIP is to improve student learning, which is the main reason that a school exists.
The ultimate goal of school improvement planning is to improve students achievement levels by enhancing the way curriculum is delivered, by creating a positive environment for learning, and by increasing the degree to which parents are involved in their children’s learning at school and in the home.
A SIP is also a management tool to that helps a school to improve its performance by ensuring that its members are working to the same goals and by continuously adjusting the direction of the school to the changing environment on the basis of results.
- What is the difference between the school vision and the school mission?
The school vision is the desired picture of the school in the future that drives all the school activities, attitudes and values.
The school mission describes the main method(s) a school is going to follow to reach its goal.
- What do you think are advantages of a school vision?
Advantages of a school vision are:
- A clear school vision inspires school community members;
- A clear vision statement acts as a unifying force, and has a positive impact on organizational effectiveness;
- A solid vision acts as a guide for employee actions and decision making;
- A vision shared by all the members of a school helps to set goals to advance the school;
- Can you differentiate monitoring from evaluation?
Monitoring is a continuous and internal process and includes a systematic and continuous collection, analysis and use of information for management control and decision-making.
Evaluation is an assessment, as systematic and objective as possible, of an ongoing or completed project, programme or policy, its design, implementation and results.
- What are the 3 reasons to conduct Monitoring and evaluation in schools:
Accountability: informing stakeholders (teachers, parents, SEOs…) about what happens at the school, so they can perform adequate control on the school leadership;
Documenting: making sure that the main processes and good practices are well documented, so they can become standard practice within the school;
Improving: learning from mistakes and identifying areas for improvement. This requires being sensitive and reflective about the functioning of the school.
- Suppose that you want to make a change in your school and you meet resistance, how can you deal with resistance?
- Creating optimal conditions for change to take place
- Showing the importance and benefits of the change
- Allow for diversity in the adoption of the change
- Communicate effectively about the change