An interview with Mr Khan Mohammed Khalid, School Principal at St. Haris High School, Mumbai

“There is a huge difference between being informed of best practices and actually implementing them. I was aware of this but I could experience and see the real change only after joining ISLI.”

Learning from the Year 1 of ISLI Programme:

We would like to take the following Year 1 learning forward to Year 2:

  1. Agreements: This practice leads to a conducive environment in the school with mutual agreement over school development. All stakeholders willingly follow the set agreements and co-operate with each other for the successful completion of any project. Hence ensures a positive culture and better relationships in the school.
  2. 2 X 10 formula: This strategy is implemented in the school yet needs to be expanded to all classes which we will be working towards as it improves the relationship between teachers and students.
  3. Lesson Planning and Lesson observation: These best practices are not yet 100% implemented in the school but in the coming year these will be our priority. This helps in achieving the vision of the school - provide quality education to the students.

Impact of ISLI:

Since last year, we have experienced a lot of changes within the school including the school culture and leadership style:

  1. The management of the school is actively involved in the process of school improvement. They make data-driven decisions. Tracking, monitoring and documentation of improvement plans has become a reality in our school.
  2. The culture of the school became very positive due to evidence-based conversation and feedback. Below are the aspects which led it:
  • School walkthrough: This helped in identifying the area that needed attention on priority bases. A detailed plan with action steps and timelines ensured effective implementation.
  • Lesson Observation and Feedback: Evidence-based observations helped teachers understand the gaps in their teaching strategy. The constructive feedback given to teachers motivated them to do better. This was a positive learning experience for all.
  1. My leadership has shifted from authoritarian to delegative style. Before making any decision, I consult my staff for their opinion which helps me get a different perspective. I strongly feel that this change in leadership style has established a positive culture wherein everyone is actively responsible for growth.
  2. Delegation of work is an essential component which I have worked on for past one year. It has helped me in managing my time and setting us in the right direction. I could also ensure maximum opportunities for my staff and teachers.
  3. I have become more tolerant and have a can-do attitude. I am confident than earlier that I can tackle any challenge through innovative solutions.

Challenges to be tackled:

Improvement in student behaviour was one of the major challenges for our school. The culture of implementation was another challenge. We did have a lot of ideas for school improvement projects but systematic planning and implementation of it just wouldn’t happen in the school.

Plans for the coming year:

One of the strategies which we will continue to focus this year would be agreements. Whether it is between teachers and students or between teachers or between teachers and management. Through agreements, we would like to strengthen the monitoring system which would make implementation strong and sustainable.

Skills that need to be improved further:

I have been working on improving my efficiency by developing time management skills. I would also like to learn more strategies which would help improve my delegation and monitoring skills.