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Four steps to develop your school’s senior leadership team

Building and developing a successful senior leadership team is an important part of the role of a headteacher. Simon Clark shares four strategic tips for how you can do this

Be clear on the key characteristics of an effective leadership team

As always, it is important to start off with a clear vision of what you are aiming for. A report from the National College for School Leadership (Thomas, 2009) identified several key characteristics of effective leadership teams in secondary schools.

These include having an appropriate team structure, a "clear and compelling purpose", able and competent members, clear operating rules, strong team leadership, and regular self-evaluation.

Reflect on your own leadership team and think about what characteristics you might need to work on.

Assess needs and identify targets

The next step to consider is conducting an audit with your leadership team. This will allow you to see what is going well, what is not going so well, and what needs to change.

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