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.
- Think clearly how your leadership plans fit in with the school’s vision.
- Manage conflict by remaining calm, supportive, truthful and non-defensive.
- Deliver CPD to ensure your staff members are making accurate observation judgements.
- Be aware of how senior management can support you and lead you to outstanding.
- Consider taking a professional qualification with the National College of Teaching and Leadership.
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.
- This webinar from educational consultant and former headteacher Edward Gildea will ensure you have a strong vision that links to the whole school. He also offers practical advice to improve management skills. (Optimus members)
- This training course is designed for middle leaders who want to improve classroom practice. (Optimus members)
- This training course aims to help middle leaders manage change, lead teaching and learning, appraise colleagues and deal with conflict. (Optimus members)
- This article offers advice on how to encourage middle leaders to aspire. (Optimus members)