The Via Negativa of SLT: what they are not

I love this! So true and relevant. And as I embark on the DH role this year, there comes to mind a few colleagues from past experience who I would love to have this list displayed upon the wall of the staffroom as a constant reminder! Thanks for a brilliant summary and for attempting to gain an understanding of the role of a leader in school.

i miss chalk

HeadmasterI’ve read quite a few tweets and blogs that, I think, might make the heart sink of anyone who has ever been part of an SLT. There seems to be quite a lot written about things that SLTs are getting wrong, often written by people observing those roles from outside. In response I wanted to write a description of the work of members of a Senior Leadership Team by describing what they are not.Headmaster-Office-Door-si-007Being a member of SLT is not:

  • About leaving your humanity behind. It’s all too easy to describe a decision as made by ‘management’ or ‘SLT’ because it dehumanises teachers into a thing, an object, that is making life difficult, rather than talking about people
  • Easier than being a teacher with a full timetable, it is different, a different job with different challenges. Each role is of value and essential to the smooth running of the school

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