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All male SLT

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by gliss, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. gliss

    gliss New commenter

    is it accptible to have an all male SLT? With the head being the only woman?

    Am finding this hard to accept.
  2. gliss

    gliss New commenter

    On another issue, is it acceptable to continue to interview for a deputy head job when 2 candidates are internal and one external....isn't this too small a field to recruit! I am astonished that my school allowed this, but then who am .i!
  3. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Why? I have an all female SLT and I'm a male head.
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  4. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    If they are the best people for the job, I'd say yes.
    wanet and Jesmond12 like this.
  5. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    It was such 'concerns' that brought the country to its knees, with incompetent and totally undeserving people being fast tracked to positions of authority.

    If a management team is doing a good job I care not their gender, colour or sexual preference. In fact, I'd work for robots if they made my job more satisfying and eased workloads.
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  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter






    Best wishes

  7. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Why do you find it hard to accept?
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  8. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Oh well - try to find something more important to worry about.
  9. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Why? You only need one decent candidate to make an appointment.
    I was wondering about this. Did you apply for DH and not get an interview? Or is there some other reason that you think there is not an appropriate person amongst those being interviewed?
  10. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Our Head is male, all SLT are female; our school is a girls' independent.
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  11. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    In my first headship I was appointed as the first female head of the school, leading an all-male SLT; about a year later I appointed another AHT from within the staff, but she got it because she was the best candidate (the others, all internal candidates, were all male and I was open-minded about appointing any of them).

    You can't engineer staffing because of gender. You have to appoint the people you believe to be the best.
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  12. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    II worked in an all-girls' Indie where the entire SLT - HT, 2 deputies, and the Senior Master were all male. Best SLT I've ever worked for. Courtesy and approachability counts for a lot.
  13. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Anecdote alert: one (pretty large, 650-ish) primary near me has no male staff except the site manager/caretaker. While I am happy to accept that the best applicants have been appointed, the gender imbalance is striking. Whether the gender imbalance is a bad thing is another matter; and of course the school has to be gender-blind (or better I suppose gender-impartial) in appointing.
    jarndyce likes this.
  14. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    I couldn't give a flying hedgehog if the SLT is all-male, all-female or all-Australian. As long as they lead the school well, look out for it's welfare and command the respect of pupils, parents and staff, that's all that matters.
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  15. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Best practice does indeed include Blind shortlisting where applications are logged and numbered in the office, then the first page with personal information is removed from the form, any other information elsewhere is also Tippex-ed out before the applications are passed to the shortlisting panel who then only make decisions on numbers not names.

    Best wishes

  16. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    The last bit is pushing things a bit too far:)
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