Taking the fear out of a leap into leadership

Stepping up from the classroom to management is often daunting, but it needn’t be – as long as you do your research, plan carefully and don’t get dragged into taking last-minute lesson cover, FE managers tell Sarah Simons

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Many of those who hold senior positions within the further education sector began their careers as teachers. This isn’t surprising. Teachers use management skills in their role every day: managing delivery of the curriculum, learning, behaviour. But taking that very first step out of the classroom and into an official managerial role can, for some, be the most daunting transition of their working lives.

When discussing the elements that constitute excellent management, there’s often a focus on the aspirational personal qualities required for the top jobs, such as dynamism, innovation, ...

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