Matthew Lane

How primary teachers can ace their first leading role


In primary schools, relative newbies to the teaching profession can expect to head up a subject in their second year, with very little – if any – training. With that in mind, Matthew Lane has some tips to prepare you for your first leading role

Sink or swim: How teachers can handle their first middle leadership role in primary school

Leadership arrives early in primary schools. In your second year of teaching, you will usually be given leadership of a subject – one you may have no background in. In small schools, it is not uncommon to be given three or four to lead.

You may still be working out how to direct your teaching assistant effectively, and now you’ve got to lead all of the other teachers in your school to achieve the best results in your subject.

What’s more, training for primary middle leaders is in short supply – and, in many parts of the country, completely non-existent. You might get a one-day course, if ...

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