8th May 2009 at 01:00

Do good senior management teams exist?

Posted by cullodensoldier

I ask in hope and frustration - do intelligent, perceptive SMTs exist or are they all defensive, stuck in old thought processes and unable to lead in an inspired way?

Posted by Pete Sake

The school I work in is the happiest and most supportive place I've been in, in 20 years of teaching, so (gasp of astonishment) I have to say "yes".

Posted by isil

Yes - thinking of one school in particular, defiantly.

Posted by sarah79

Mine are lovely, supportive, hard-working and realistic. A rare breed?

Posted by st joseph

It depends on the motivation of those who seek the post. Mine has spent too much time reading the works of Fred Goodwin .

Posted by catmother

If only they were stuck in old thought processes!

Posted by xmal

I recently moved schools from one which had a gawd-awful SMT; weak, unsupportive and bullying. My initial impression of my new SMT is the exact opposite. So, yes, they do exist, but may be a minority.

Posted by Raymagnol

They don't seem to be a minority here. It depends not just on the SMT, but on who's answering the question. Often, those who say SMTs are useless have a particular beef - present company excepted. I've been in schools where half the staff loved the SMT because they agreed with them, and half hated them because they didn't want to change anything.

Posted by st joseph

Ray, I can see your point, and can see where individuals in the SMT are trying to do the right thing. Unfortunately, the nature of the role seems to attract so many people not suited to it. I seem to work beside teachers who are more committed than the SMT and who do not make much of a fuss because they are aware that the managers in question will move on, as their promotion whims take them from the schools they are committed to . They do not have particular beefs.

Posted by Raymagnol

Yes, there are some who are in it for promotion. There are others who do a damned fine job, sometimes in SPITE of the teachers under them., click on TES Scotland, then opinion.

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