Meet Charlotte Rendle-Short.
What do you enjoy most about being a Cambridge Education facilitator?
Working as a Cambridge Education facilitator, it is really important to me to be part of a network of experienced and highly qualified professionals. Each Cambridge Education facilitator brings a wealth of understanding arising from our very different backgrounds, which means that together we are able to meet the needs of schools across the state and within all sectors. Being part of this network enables me to continue on my journey of learning and growing.
What has been your career highlight?
I have been exceptionally fortunate to be someone who has thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my career. However, one of the greatest privileges of my 40 years in education was to coach, mentor, support and challenge principals and senior teams in the schools that belong to United Learning – a large UK educational management organisation. Working with and making a difference for hugely diverse schools across the whole of England was immensely rewarding and humbling.
What key strategies have assisted you in your role as Cambridge Education facilitator?
Probably the most important strategy I have in my toolbox is to pay a lot of attention to asking powerful questions – questions that help leaders to think and to flourish. And the second key strategy is to be and enable others to be a “belief magnet”. Believing in others and communicating that belief enables them to increase their own self-belief to the point where they own that belief themselves.
What does success mean to you?
Success is the enjoyment of being engaged in the intellectual challenge of the task itself together with the buzz of being stimulated by others. And in the end, the real success comes from knowing that I am making a difference.