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Building Leadership Capacity

Middle Leaders

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Middle Leadership is a term used without clear definition of its meaning either in formal terms and conditions of service or when it describes the wide variety of roles undertaken at the level below that of the 'Senior Management Team'. Middle Leaders usually have specific responsibilities for the work of other teachers as part of their job descriptions and in the majority of cases their work attracts above Main Scale promotional payments. The range of work is wide, including Key Stage Co-Ordinators, Heads of Year or of Departments, Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators, Pastoral Heads, Teachers in Charge of Subjects or Cross-curricular Themes. In the past their role was often restricted to ensuring effective management but increasingly it has extended to giving leadership to the school's work in these areas. As such the boundary between 'Senior Management' and 'Middle Management' can be difficult to discern.


Middle Leadership development - some issues for a Northern Ireland context.
Leading from the Middle explains the approach taken by NCSL

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