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Innovation Status Report

Innovation Status Report

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Published by Andrea Rael
First Innovation Schools Status Report
First Innovation Schools Status Report

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Published by: Andrea Rael on Dec 20, 2011
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All seven principals stated that an important reason for seeking Innovation status was to gain more
autonomy over the management of their workforce, specifically related to hiring and dismissal
processes. Ideas around the management of the workforce were mentioned by many respondents as an
area in which there was a major change after Innovation (14 people at 7 schools, including 6 principals, 4
teachers, 4 parents).

Direct placement. Six of the principals specifically stated they were very pleased that as leaders of
Innovation schools they did not have to deal with direct placements. The overall sentiment among
principals was that they should have the autonomy to decide who was on their teaching staff because it
enabled them to hire people who were philosophically aligned with their school vision, and to pick the

Innovation schools – Year 1 final report

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employees they felt were best qualified. Principals believed that direct placement impeded their ability
to do this.
Control over the hiring process. The idea of having control over the timing and nature of the hiring
process was a major issue for five principals, who said it was beneficial that they did not have to adhere
to specific timelines when hiring new staff. In particular, principals talked about being able to get the
right person for the job – being able to hire ‘who they want, when they want’.

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