Best Practice

Leading a support staff team

School support staff play a crucial role in the success of teachers and students. Steve Burnage outlines some successful strategies to enable support staff team leaders to lead and develop successful and highly motivated teams

All schools are about the teams within them and how they interact – this could be teachers and children, children and children, children and parents, support staff and teaching colleagues and so on.

Successful schools have well-motivated and engaged professional people who form effective and successful teams. Just how can support staff team leaders achieve this?

No support staff team leader should undervalue the importance of motivation in the leadership of their team. All team members need to feel motivated, valued and supported. We can develop this by ensuring our team members feel safe and secure in our leadership and in the systems and structures through which we lead and empower them.

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