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Associate Assistant Head- whats the difference

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by kellylouise21, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. kellylouise21

    kellylouise21 New commenter


    Associate Assistant Head... what actually is it? I know ow the difference between deputy and assistant but not come across this position before.
  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Rather lower than assistant head.
    People who were seconded to SLT were often given this title whan I was in mainstream.
    I'm sufficiently old and out of it to be able to regard all those subordinating clauses in the title as "reasons to avoid" or "lots of work but little real status" or in a school I heard of recently "sacrificial lamb when the ordure hits the ventilator".
    However, for a younger person, it's a way up the career ladder to try to earn enough to live on.
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  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Job Title inflation! Don't worry about the title, what is the job description? What does the postholder actually do? Who do they report to?
    agathamorse, simonCOAL and TheoGriff like this.
  4. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    Good advice.
    I’m always amused by job title inflation.
    At one primary school I worked in, we had a Faculty of Humanities. Denise and me. Just the two of us. Denise liked to have ‘Faculty Head’ printed on any conference ID cards, email signature... she appreciated the humour.
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  5. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    It doesn't only happen in schools. When I was a student, the department I was in had two professors (one of whom was head of department), one reader and the rest of the staff were lecturers or senior lecturers. There are now 18 professors, 14 associate professors and nobody as humble as a lecturer or senior lecturer.
    agathamorse likes this.
  6. NorthWest

    NorthWest New commenter

    For me, this is just tactics to keep people or promote people or pay people on the cheap for the AHT role.

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