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The middle leader’s toolkit

Middle leadership
With a focus on leading teaching, learning and your team, Steve Burnage gives us 10 areas for reflection as well as key advice on effective strategies to develop your skills and outcomes in middle leadership

All middle leaders carry out critical roles in the leadership and management of schools and learning. Effective middle leadership is all about developing strategic understanding across four key areas:

Middle leaders need to know where the area they are responsible for is now, where it should be and how you get from where you are now to where you want to be.

1 Leadership vs management

Leadership is about mission, direction and motivation. It is the expression of vision and the motivation of others to achieve that vision.

Management is the expression of leadership, the mechanisms by which vision is achieved. It is the designing and carrying out of plans and getting things done.

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