“If you have high expectations, people rarely let you down”

Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE-the founder of DBL Leadership Associates is renowned for her work on leadership development. A former Head teacher, Deborah took her early years, Prep and Senior schools from satisfactory to “excellent in all areas of school life”, as defined by the schools inspectorate.

(ISI and OFSTED) Deborah is convinced that identifying talent, empowering people, requiring accountability, having high aspirations and communicating a collective vision, were key to the schools success and these qualities are often the mainstay of many outstanding businesses.

“Celebrating success is also important-most people don’t mind working hard but they also like to feel appreciated. Having structured feedback on performance also ensures that staff understand the strategic objectives of the school/business and how they can contribute towards achieving them. It is amazing how many talented people get overlooked due to a lack of self-confidence and colleagues consequently failing to recognise what they can offer. It is wonderful when you see individuals and organisations energised and empowered because that is the moment at which you know almost anything is achievable.

Schools are highly complex organisations but each shares a common purpose, they wish to deliver high quality education that caters for the needs of individual children and they wish to do so in a nurturing manner, allowing young people to feel empowered so as to achieve their aspirations. Sometimes however by providing external strategic input, it is easier to identify the means by which staff and pupils can achieve their full potential.

DLB offer a range of bespoke services to suit our clients’ needs including input on: mentoring; teacher observations; quality of learning, education and achievement; coaching; research; compliance; mediation; marketing; appraisal.

Many of our experienced leaders have also led highly successful schools themselves and some ar still doing so, hence the  are sensitive to the intricate demands and expectations placed on Headteachers, senior leaders and other teaching staff. They recognise the value of strategic thinking and how important it is to have created the correct learning environment to impact on pupils learning experience.

They also acknowledge that this is something which needs to be embedded into the fabric of the school and sometimes requires new eyes to provide rejuvenation, as well as to recognise what is already exemplary. Our leaders specialise in Early Years, Primary; Secondary; All Through; Single sex girls and boys ; Coeducational; all ability; mixed ability; selective and special needs. They have led in both the state and independent sectors and most importantly, they genuinely care about children.

Our team also consists of experts on : Leadership development; change Management; key note speaking; team building; inspection and Governance, marketing, writing and change management.

DLB Experience

National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

“Deborah has brokered many successful partnerships between the private and public sectors. She is used to liaising at a senior...

Bredon School

Recently Deborah was requested by David Ward, Headmaster of Bredon School, to carry out an audit of the schools regulatory...