Inspiring leadership is a prerequisite for well-managed, successful schools. In Raoul Wallenberg, we also have a fantastic role model in leadership. He was straightforward and clear. He was compassionate and caring and stood up for vulnerable people. He was brave and dared to challenge even the most vicious powers of evil. And he had an amazing ability to get a lot done in a very short time. We are constantly training ourselves in value-based leadership.
Those of us who lead and manage the Raoul Wallenberg Schools have high expectations of ourselves in terms of adhering to our watchwords. We shall live up to the expectations of parents and the staff in our schools, not only in words but above all in deeds.
We also have very high expectations of our school leaders. They must be able to exercise good leadership over their coworkers in the school. They must be able to be set good examples for our pupils. They must be able to encourage and coach. They must be able to give compassionate support to an individual pupil even in the most difficult of situations. They must be able to exercise clear leadership and set boundaries.
Our school leaders have high expectations of our preschool teachers, nursery teachers, schoolteachers, after-school leaders, pupil health teams and other staff and hope they will be good role models for the pupils and exercise inspiring leadership. We know from experience that the teacher who exercises effective leadership in the department, classroom or after-school activities is the one who achieves the best academic results among the pupils.
Our staff have high expectations of the pupils attending our schools that they adhere to our watchwords, set good examples for others in the school and are good ambassadors for the school they attend. We therefore train our pupils to exercise effective leadership from preschool and upwards. In our compulsory schools, we cooperate with what are known as “Fun Leaders”, where students are trained to lead different types of physical exercise sessions during breaks and free time. In primary and middle school, we appoint a “Raoul Wallenberger” of the month and in upper schools, a “Raoul Wallenberger” of each term. The recipients of the award have been the school’s best role model during the month or term, demonstrating impressive leadership skills.
We also have high expectations of parents. We expect them to take primary responsibility for the character development of their children, to be diligent in reporting any absences from school or after-school activities, to monitor their progress and to provide support and assistance. And when there are concerns about the school for one reason or another, contact should be made directly with the person concerned – teacher, recreation leader, school management or company executive.