deputy head

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A senior member of school staff whose role is normally to act as second in command to the head teacher, and to stand in for them in their absence. The precise duties and detail of the post will differ from school to school, but will often involve liaison between the head teacher and the teaching staff as well as acting as a member of the senior management team of the school. In larger schools there may be two or more deputy heads, each with a specific whole‐school responsibility, such as curriculum management or pupil achievement and behaviour. Increasingly, deputy head posts are being replaced by that of assistant head, usually at a lower salary.

Subjects: Education.

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