Stepping Up

Juggling the extra responsibilities of middle leadership Argyle School in Central London is a large primary with 26 teachers and over 450 pupils. Twelve of the staff volunteered to be middle leaders in the school and the film shows how some of them juggle their time between classroom teaching and extra responsibilities in subject co-ordination and other priority areas in the school. So why do they do it? The financial rewards aren’t great, it’s time consuming, and it can be stressful leading staff more experienced than they are.

The teachers say passion and intrinsic interest in the middle leadership role is the key. We see the school’s History, Science and PE middle leaders in action. All are young and relatively inexperienced, but they have found the role fulfilling despite tensions and stresses along the way. Professor Geoff Southworth, Head of the National College for School Leadership, also gives expert advice on ways teachers and Heads can minimize the stresses and maximize the success of middle leaders in primary schools.

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