"This guy's walking down a street, when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep. He can't get out.
A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up "Hey you! Can you help me out?" The doctor writes him a prescription, throws it down the hole and moves on.
Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up "Father, I'm down in this hole, can you help me out?" The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a friend walks by. "Hey Joe, it's me, can you help me out?" And the friend jumps in the hole! Our guy says "Are you stupid? Now we're both down here!" and the friend says, "Yeah, but I've been down here before, and I know the way out."
(Quoted with affection, and with apologies to Aaron Sorkin, from The West Wing episode "Bartlett For America".)
We believe that these are extremely challenging times for those who lead. Senior staff are expected to achieve more in shorter timescales and often with fewer resources. Throughout the education world and in charitable organisations the challenges of restructuring organisations to meet the changing landscape while continuing to focus relentlessly on our primary functions is placing huge demands on leaders. RMCeducation has an experienced team of associates with proven track records across these sectors (but primarily in the education world) who can support the development of leadership capacity and assist in restructuring, managing change and project management.
All too often professional consultants lack first hand experience as senior leaders; our vision of consultancy is that those who have done the jobs themselves are best placed to offer support. In terms of supporting schools, academies, LAs, governing bodies and MATs our company could have been called 'Headteachers Direct'. Our associates have also got experience within LAs and charitable organisations. The leadership challenges across sectors are often the same: maintaining strong moral purpose, communicating a clarity of vision, aligning organisational priorities, developing strategic plans, managing conflict and maximising individual commitment and performance. Whereas many consultants enter a contract, give advice and walk away, RMCeducation stands alongside leaders to assist in the development and implementation of goals and strategy.
Our MD Ros McMullen personally oversees the work of all our associates.
Our interim executive leaders are
also able to provide mentoring, support and performance management for
senior leaders, including headteachers.