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Alex Masters

Middle leaders: the pressure is on but help is at hand

‘The success of Primary phase in the next five years will depend heavily on its middle leaders.’ Russell Hobby’s statement sums up all too clearly the pressures that today’s primary middle leaders are facing.

Middle leaders have to get to grips with more demanding curricula, cope with declining local authority support, motivate staff and be seen as experts on quality teaching... all of this under the increased scrutiny of Ofsted. That’s no mean feat.

We’ve selected five top tips from experts in the field on how middle leaders can tackle these challenges and help lead their school to success.

Developing middle leadership

 

How can middle leaders juggle these ever-growing responsibilities and cope with the various pressures to ensure outstanding leadership? If you’re looking to upskill your middle leaders, our new conference, From Teacher to Leader: Middle Leadership Essentials, will help you to:

  • learn how to develop a collaborative team vision, share ownership of your goals and empower your colleagues,
  • maintain a healthy work-life balance with effective prioritisation and delegation to reduce workloads and increase productivity,
  • successfully demonstrate impact to your senior leadership team and explore methods to measure the effectiveness of changes.

This is a great chance to network, air your concerns and share best practice with your peers. The conference will take place in London on Tuesday 22nd Nov 2016. 

Register your place here

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