What is the point of Senior Management?

Georges Simplon

I’m a middle leader, and from this worm’s eye view, this is how it looks to me.  Most of the day-to-day stuff in a school is done at a department level, and between us my fellow Heads of Department and I are responsible for virtually every hour of every student’s learning, every day.  In my department I set the curriculum, monitor the learning, support with behaviour and try to instil a strong work ethic.  I do this alongside teaching the most challenging classes, coordinating the exams and Controlled Assessments and making regular contact with parents.   In many places a Deputy Head can take a fortnight off without anyone even noticing, but if you lose a Head of Department for a couple of days, things can go very wrong very quickly.  Senior staff have fewer lessons, no tutor group, less marking and much higher pay.  So what is the point of…

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