As a Principal or School Board Member:
The answer to these questions is the person that you might term a ‘critical friend’, or a ‘mentor’.
A ‘critical friend’ is a trusted person who asks you provocative questions, provides data to be examined through another lens, and offers a critique of your work dispassionately and without political fear or favour as a friend. A critical friend is an advocate for the success of your work who offers mentoring – a professional sounding board – who is available to help you in the good times and bad.
Optimal School Governance offers an annual critical friendship service that provides mentoring support for boards and Heads of Schools. These can be tailored to suit individual school needs and budgets.