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Do schoos need Assistant Headteachers?

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by September, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. September

    September New commenter

    Can schools survive with just a Headteacher and a Deputy Headteacher? Would the money spent on Assistant Head teachers not be better spent on more teachers.
     
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  2. strawbs

    strawbs Occasional commenter

    small school, yes; large secondary probably not. Even back 30 or so years ago most large schools may well have had head, one or even 2 deputies, plus "senior teacher" (aka assistant head)
     
  3. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Occasional commenter

    In some smaLl primaries that are multiple asst heads... I think it's all a bit odd and I'm sure there's a direct correlation between staff stress and the number of asst heads who are out of class 'demanding' X,Y and Z. I also think it leads to lots of 'finding problems' that they then have to solve in order to prove their jobs worth. I also think lots lead by what they say and not what they do.

    So yes, I think they could survive and probably be much happier.
     
  4. tigi

    tigi Occasional commenter

    Do schools need ass heads? No.

    Give admin jobs to admin staff. Let teachers teach.
     
  5. install

    install Star commenter

    Depends what the Ahts/ deputies and ht do:cool:
     
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Some schools have two teaching AHs instead of a non-teaching DH.

    A small village school near here has recently saved money by appointing an AH when the senior teacher left. A low level on the leadership scale is less than UPS3+ the top TLR.
     
  7. Smithy84

    Smithy84 New commenter

    Absolutely not.

    Most of the jobs ass heads do is redundant. They also need to justify their jobs so they come up with the latest gimmicky idea to improve something however, it has no real value and only increases workload.
     
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  8. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Occasional commenter

    A leadership team, however it is made up, should be better than a single Headteacher as it becomes harder (but not impossible) for one individual to dominate as well as providing some checks and balances for any initiatives. As to the number of people in the team, that depends on the size of the school. Some schools have ridiculously large SLTs where it is hard to see the value added by each member as well as blurring the lines of responsibility.
     

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