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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 Established 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.
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  4. tigi

    tigi Occasional commenter

    Do schools need ass heads? No.

    Give admin jobs to admin staff. Let teachers teach.
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  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.
  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.
  9. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Established commenter

    Latest great idea in our school, learning reviews. Introduced as a whole school measure. Each pupil in each subject to fill out a form on what they have learnt this half term. I worked it out that is a pallet of paper per year.

    Whoever came up with the idea thought it so important not to include class name or subject on form. ALL teachers have been told that they MUST be completed. When asked what to do with them afterwards, they are to be 'filed'.

    I think that the person who came up with this whole school initiative needs talking to.
  10. install

    install Star commenter

    This is an old thread o_O:confused:o_O
  11. jago123

    jago123 Established commenter

    This was a hot topic in my school last year which resulted in a restructure.
    We had 1 x HT, 2 x DHT and 6 x AHt for a school with 1200 pupils on roll.
    The governors were reviewing spending within the school and it concluded that the school only required 3 AHTs instead of 6 and this resulted in a saving of around £135,000 a year once 3 of them were made redundant!
    The AHT role is a step up into SLT which is only really required in a large primary or secondary.
    They don’t have the as much authority as a DHT would, but they would be there to support and lead different areas within the school.
  12. Flanks

    Flanks Occasional commenter

    I need to report to someone, and a head teacher would not have time to supervise a middle headers.

    I need to know that my assistant head is aware of what I do, will be able to recall any projects or matters we are working on in the school which relate to my team. This would not be possible with one head and one deputy, my line to the assistant head is essential.
  13. zippygeorgeandben

    zippygeorgeandben Occasional commenter

    My two form entry Primary has HT, DH and AH who is in class full time in Y6.
  14. mbee1

    mbee1 New commenter

    We’re a 420 primary school and have a HT, DHT and 4 AH. All the 4 AH teach and all have a KS responsibility being EYFS, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2. One is also Senco. We prefer to recruit at this level in the leadership scale as we find it more flexible as our pay policy stipulates we do not pay TLRs apart from a TLR3 as a particular project dictates.

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