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Surviving and Succeeding in Senior School Management
Getting In and Getting On

ISBN 9780203967126
Published October 3, 2006 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

This lively, practical account explores the vital aspects of the assistant or deputy headteacher’s role, which often means playing piggy-in-the-middle to a variety of school stakeholders, including the headteacher, other senior managers, the teaching staff, parents and local authority advisors, governors and pupils. The author gives practical tips on how to organise yourself well when the pressure to perform multiple tasks simultaneously is high, such as how to lead and manage major strategic changes, do a good presentation to staff on a training day, and give a rogue pupil an effective telling-off. The book also covers how to apply for a senior management job and successfully get through the stringent written selection criteria and complex interview process.

This is a highly informative text for any aspiring subject leader or middle manager in the primary or secondary sector. It will also be of interest to existing senior managers who want to reflect on the way they are doing their job already.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Seeking a Promotion and Getting a Job  Preparing for a Senior Management Position.  Applying for the Job.  The First Week and the First Half Term  Part 2: Building the Vital Relationships ...With the Teaching Staff ...With the Headteacher ...With the Senior Management Team ...With the Pupils and their Parents ...With the Non-Teaching Staff  Part 3: Developing Essential Skills and Survival Strategies  Managing Change  Key Skills and Subject Expertise for the Senior Manager  Learning to Look After Yourself  Part 4: What Next?  Is Headship the Right Thing for You?


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Paul Blum is a secondary school manager with 20 years’ teaching experience and three senior management posts in different schools. This has given him a wide view of being a member of senior management teams and applying for jobs in them. He has written three other books for Routledge: Surviving and Succeeding in Difficult Schools; Teacher's Guide to Anger Management; Improving Low Reading Ages in the Secondary School. He also contributes articles on School Leadership to the Times Educational Supplement.