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Have I got enough experience?

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by takethatno1fan, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    I previously taught for 3 1/2 years at a local primary school, teaching both KS1&2. I was subject leader for PSHE and Gifted & Talented. I led an action group to obtain Healthy School Status.
    I have been a specialist teacher for cognition & learning for the last 2 1/2 years. I have a PGCert in SpLD and am just completing a PGCert in Educational Management and Leadership.
    A deputy headship has come up at a local small school. Do you think they would consider me? I'm not sure whether they would consider I have enough experience.
    What do you think?
  2. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    I forgot - I'm currently responsible for the line management of 4 members of my team.
  3. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    Have you led a core subject ? Curriculum change? School wide project?

    How small is the school? What's the person spec say ?

    How would you feel if you got the job and the head was run over by a bus? Would you be ready to lead the school and take the reins ? Indefinitely? Set the budget? Manage underperforming staff?Deal with tricky parents? Feedback to governors and the LA? And if ofsted come? What about if you're leading and the school goes into a category?

    The role of deputy is totally different to any other in school. You're effectively saying " I'm ready to lead"

    If the above scenarios excite you more than they scare you. You're ready!

    By the way, I'm not scaremongering, all these scenarios have happened at one time or another to new deputies!
  4. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    thank you curlygirly, you've given me some excellent food for thought.
    Yes the scenario above excites me, but I'm not sure I'd be ready to lead if the Head went off sick for example. Mmmmmmm, more thought needed I think!
    Thanks for taking the trouble to reply.
  5. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    You're welcome. It's ok to be apprehensive about any of the scenarios but you need to bear in mind that this is the difference between assistant head and deputy. Once you're a deputy you've effectively agreed that you're ready to donall those things should the need arise!
  6. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    very true, and I hadn't thought of it like that. I think I need to get back ino mainstream teaching and lead a core subject, or be SENCo first.
    Thanks for some excellent advice.
  7. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    Senco is brilliant for getting a school wide perspective/ cross key stage/ having an impact on results/ managing a wide range if staff and outside agencies. Good luck!

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