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The changing role and influence of senior support staff in schools

Author: National College
Subject: Identifying and developing talent
Audience: Headteachers, Middle leaders and aspiring headteachers, School business managers
Date of publication: March 2011   |   File format and size: PDF, 355 Kb

From the school business manager to the caretaker, the dinner lady to the librarian, schools cannot function without support staff. But now they are beginning to play an even more crucial role in shaping the direction of many of our schools: as members of the senior leadership team (SLT).

Just a few years ago it would have been unthinkable, but now a significant number of schools have non-qualified teacher status staff on their SLT. This is a report exploring the range and roles of non-QTS staff in schools who are members of the senior team.

It examines the impact of these roles on wider leadership teams and school effectiveness and improvement. It also looks at the extent to which career routes are emerging for non-QTS staff in schools to move into leadership.

The report provides a fascinating insight for senior leaders looking at developing their own team, or for non-QTS staff looking for routes into leadership. Discover how your school could make the most of its staff.

A case study report is also available.

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