Relationships are paramount

by Bill Noble

Report overview

Principal Bill Noble believes that relationships are central to running an effective school. While good systems provide the organisational shape of Hamilton’s Fairfield Intermediate, Bill says that it is the positive, trusting relationships he has with staff and that they have with him and each other, that really make the school tick as a learning institution.

In his report Bill provides a detailed overview of his working week and the systems' structure at the school that enables him to keep his finger on the pulse.

Reflective questions

These reflective questions might guide you in your reading of this report:

  • Bill Noble's report shows the effects of his decision to consciously focus on building trusting relationships with and among his staff. He discusses some of the issues he has addressed in order to achieve this. Do any aspects of his approach offer ideas that could be useful for you?
  • In a typical month how much face-to-face time do you manage to spend with staff that allows for "professional learning" conversations? How do you structure these conversations? Could the way you structure them be further enhanced to increase effectiveness?
  • In what ways might you and your senior leaders work together to help teachers develop their professional interactions so that they can learn from each other, as well as share effective classroom practices?

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