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Developing and maintaining your school leadership team

School leadership teams contain a wide variety of roles. But what are the options and how can we ensure we all work together in the best interests of pupils? Suzanne O’Connell talks to one school about creating an effective leadership team


A school’s leadership team is key to ensuring consistency and cohesion and the best outcomes and support for your pupils.

At one time, the senior team was simply the headteacher, a deputy and perhaps a curriculum leader or SENCO. Now there are many different job titles with varying roles and new leadership trends.

Many smaller schools have come to share their leaders and with the arrival of academy status has come the preference for the title of principal and an increase in the number of executive headteachers.

And as executive headteachers began overseeing more and more schools so the role of “head of school” has become more common, with increasing numbers of assistant headteachers being added to the team to support and manage particular areas of school life.

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