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DHT Responsibilities

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by golf12, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. golf12

    golf12 New commenter

    I am a Deputy Head of a one form entry primary. I was wondering how much other deputy headteachers do in their schools? My responsibilities include; leading literacy across the school; attending all governor meetings, which can finish at 8 at night; line manager for TA's which includes carrying out appraisals and observations of them once a year; NQT mentor; KS2 manager; Educational visits co-ordinator, which includes organising the Y6 residential each year; 1 assembly sometimes 2 or even 3 a week; 2 playtime duties; dinner duties; and I am class based. I have 1/2 day PPA and 1 day for management time. Is this similar to what others do?
  2. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    Sounds about right to me. I could even add safeguarding DSL and organising sickness cover. Also you’re lucky if evening meetings finish at 8. The earliest I could get was 9pm. Much depends though on the size of the staff overall. If it’s a medium to big school then maybe try to pass on something like EVC.
  3. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Occasional commenter

    I’m a HT of a two form primary school- because of the size of the school, I have a Deputy Headteacher and two Assistant Headteacher’s-
    My Deputy oversees the curriculum and liaises with the subject leaders, whereas my AHTs act as ‘phase leaders’ who oversee a separate key stage- and report into myself and the DHT. My DHT also is the main NQT mentor- however, this responsibility will be shared in the future with AHTs to aid progression. My DHT also manages EV, attendance and ECM.

    Because of the size of the school, my Deputy is not class based, but my AHTs are.
  4. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    It's similar to what I do but I am also SENCO, DSL, EYFS and ks1 lead, traching school coordinator and curriculum lead. I am also class based.
  5. speaker2

    speaker2 Occasional commenter

    it sounds like a lot to to fit in with such a heavy classroom teaching timetable too; but it seems to be the case that primary schools increasingly are loading up the level of work for SLT, so your situation is not that unusual. Budget cuts over the years , in my opinion, have led to this situation.
  6. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    As Assistant Head in a school without a deputy I did pretty much the same, although I had maths and Re ( church school) instead of literacy and half a day management time and half PPA
  7. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    I can I ask the posters here if you think it's worth it.

    I'm a class teacher and the thought of stepping up to have to do all of that seems awful. It would negatively impact on my life and that of my wife.
  8. barriappi

    barriappi New commenter

    As an Assistant headteacher at my current school (with no DH) I do all these and also am DSL and monitor/ track attendance. I have led Maths as a Subject Leader along with Religious Education and Relationships Educations. Lately however, I started leading English as there was a dip in the results whereas Maths is doing well so was given to another colleague. My governors' meetings often don't end til 9:00 pm after which I help lock up before going home. I lead weekly meetings for TAs on my management day and get 1/2 day for PPA. No extra time for mentoring NQT.

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