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The seven secrets to middle leadership

Middle leadership
The cogs of middle leadership are among the most important in the school system, but what are the secrets to being a successful and effective middle leader? Ben Solly offers seven key pieces of advice.

Often the most under-valued and over-worked, middle leaders are the cogs in the system that keep schools ticking over on a daily basis. 

The importance of effective middle leadership should not be underestimated as these are the individuals who really do put policy into practice. 

When middle leaders are most effective, they act as the well-oiled hinges between senior leaders and classroom teachers. While senior leaders set out the strategic vision for the organisation, it is the middle leaders who work with these guidelines at ground level, and ensure that their staff are working consistently within the collective frameworks.

Whether your job title is head of department, curriculum leader, or head of faculty, it is likely that you are one of the busiest people in the school, setting out your own vision and establishing your own departmental culture and ethos, while trying to ensure you deliver a consistent approach that adopts whole-school policies. 

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