Flipped Organisation

flipped organisationIn a response to a post titlesd“Just” a Teacher :

There is much talk of the ‘Flipped Classroom’. The idea that the technology is good at the information push and this can be done virtually, while the active learning bit happens in the classroom with a teacher and other students.

How about if this same principle was used to structure educational institutions. Here the teachers will be at the top of the hierarchy – ‘tier 1′ and the further you are removed from the classroom the lower down the hierarchy you would go. In my current organisation this Flipped Organisation would look like this:

  • tier 1: teacher
  • tier 2: Curriculum Team Leader, Advanced Teacher and Learning Coach, Teaching Learner Success (or something)
  • tier 3: Head of Department
  • tier 4: Director
  • tier 5: Vice Principal
  • tier 6: Principal

In this scenario we’d have to address the question of how teachers’ careers can progress without moving out of the classroom and how appropriate rewards can be provided to those ‘expert’ teachers.


  1. Philippa says:

    This looks interesting and the kind of thing Peter McCann often talks about with his inverted pyramid, with teachers and students being the most important. We just have a weird thing about ‘tiers’ but why not have it the other way round?

  2. Cathy says:

    And a quick Google of the term reminds me that if I have an idea, there’s a very huge chance that someone has already thought of it!!


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