Reflections on my first term in SLT

I’m writing this at the end of the Christmas break, as I felt two weeks of space were needed to avoid this reflection becoming the whinge of an overtired teacher. This has been my first term as an Assistant Head Teacher at my school, having stepped up from being head of maths. On balance, I think this has been the most difficult and exhausting term of my career to date, for a number of reasons outlined below, but also potentially the most rewarding. Having said that I am all too aware of the difficulty of teaching a full timetable, with the planning and marking associated, so maybe I am just looking back on previous terms with rose-tinted glasses. All of my preconceptions about SLT have been called into question, and most disproved; I can honestly say the reality has not matched my expectations. The very basis of my daily school experience has dramatically altered, and whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing, it has taken a lot of energy to adjust. I hope this strikes a chord with others who have transitioned from a middle to senior leader, and may provide some insight for those who aspire to do so in the future.

Source: Reflections on my first term in SLT

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