Next steps: becoming a senior leader

With middle leadership firmly under your belt, are you ready to make the leap to the SLT?

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In my early years of teaching, I often heard people talk about having the “right amount” of experience to become a senior leader, or about how you couldn’t progress until you were “mature enough”.

I don’t believe it is as simple as that. What matters is that you do your role well, in terms of strategically improving teaching and learning. If you’re capable of stepping back and taking whole-school priorities into account, I think you’re ready to move up to senior management.

The question then becomes: what type of senior role should you seek out? As a middle leader, you will have thrived in ...

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