Scratch beneath the surface of any high performing school or academy and you will find a highly dedicated, efficient and professional team of leaders. Made up of senior members of staff, an effective Senior Leadership Team works together to ensure that every student enjoys their time in school and is given the chance to realise their full potential.
The common goal of the senior team is to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the school and to promote a culture of learning and equal opportunities in a safe environment. However, without individuals who possess the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be high-performing senior leaders this could make the difference between a school in special measures or one seen as outstanding when the OFSTED reports are published.
Like gifted science, English, maths, geography or language teachers, there is always a high demand for excellent senior team leaders in schools throughout the UK. Without these individuals, our primary and secondary schools, sixth form colleges and academies; and the teachers at the sharp end, would struggle to deliver the curriculum to their pupils’ and achieve excellent results – and that is where you come in.
At Castles Education, we use our experience gained as former school teachers and senior leaders in the education sector to provide schools with talented senior team managers. We understand the nuances that make schools run smoothly and we assist educational establishments throughout the country in the recruitment process; finding the right people to take care with the day-to-day running, on a daily business. We are constantly on the lookout for teachers with senior team management experience to meet the demands of schools particularly in London, Greater Manchester and across the North West.
From deputy head teachers, leaders of core subjects and heads of year through to faculty leaders and those with a proven track record in academic and pastoral backgrounds, there are many positions within schools which may act as a springboard to taking up a senior team leadership role. Furthermore, successful heads of English or maths may also be appointed as senior leaders if they have what it takes to succeed in this type of role. Having said that, embarking on a leadership career is not suitable for everyone. It takes a certain type of individual to thrive as a high-performing senior leader in a school.
Although you will not have the same responsibilities as classroom teachers with full teaching timetables, you will still be able to empathise with them and remember how it feels to be in their shoes. Therefore, it is important to help them to do the best job they can. Naturally, the most important aspect in any school is the pupils’ experience and you can influence that positively by working with classroom teachers.
As a team player, you will also be adept at working in partnership with middle leaders who have a critical influence on the quality of teaching, learning and pastoral care in their departments. Achieving the right balance of support whilst challenging how things are done, you will act as an example demonstrating how you need them to motivate and inspire the individual members of their team. Being visible, approachable and a positive presence around the school whilst supporting extra-curricular activities also plays an essential part in demonstrating to staff and pupils that you are interested in their experiences and value their contribution.
As providers of tailored education solutions, by the profession for the profession, we work with primary, secondary schools, academies and further education colleges throughout the country. We also maintain close links with all of our contacts and understand the needs of our partners. For this reason, we are in a better position when it comes to finding the right school for you.
Through enlisting our services, we will never just place you in any vacancy. Our role is to source, prepare and place the right professionals into vacant positions. It is this kind of mutually beneficial approach to recruitment that has cemented our reputation as the automatic choice for schools and teaching professionals throughout the UK. We pride ourselves on being an industry-leading education recruiter and offer a ‘gold standard’ level of service to schools and candidates alike.
If you are currently a middle management teacher with ambitions to take the next step up the career ladder and think that you have what it takes to thrive in senior team leadership position, we are waiting to hear from you. To find out more, please contact Castles Education today by completing our registration form.