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What makes a successful head of department?

Discussion in 'Professional development' started by greenfrog, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. I am looking to move into the head of department role for English in my career as a primary teacher in an independent school and I would like to gather ideas as to how best to manage a successful department in this subject area.
    Thanks for your comments in advance.
  2. Anyone?
  3. I have no idea about primary schools but at my school there is a leadership programme focussing on management skills for anyone looking to climb up the ladder. I'm currently 2i/c in my English department at secondary school and the whole idea I've been given is about non-confrontational management and how to influence people - a lot of it seems to be coming over from corporate training models.
  4. Hi greenfrog,
    Developing a successful team can be a very challenging, bringing together a team of people who often work independently. I would try and develop a collaborative and coaching culture. Bringing in all team members to contribute to discussions and policy will often result in a strong team. My three pieces of advice for any team leader are: communicate, communicate and communicate! I have lost count of the times in my courses where colleagues have complained that leaders are keeping things from them and colluding with Senior Management - this is often just percieved, but can be undermining. So be transparent and communicate everything you do, ask your department for advice, bring about change in a sustainable manner, and build great relationships and your team will follow you to the ends of earth. Omega Learning

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