senior leadership team

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The title usually given to the team of teachers and managers who have responsibility for the leadership of a school or college. This would include principals, head teachers, their deputies and/or assistants; department or faculty heads; and others with institution‐wide leadership responsibilities, such as mentors and staff with professional development responsibilities. Sometimes the title ‘senior leadership team’ is used in preference to ‘senior management team’ (SMT), primarily in order to emphasize the idea of the institution as a team rather than as a group or organization which has to be ‘managed’ or controlled. This can mean that the role and purpose of an SLT may be indistinguishable from that implied by the term SMT. Although practical and academic distinctions have been clearly and often drawn between the functions of leadership and management, in the context of choosing the title for the senior team of a school or other educational institution, the distinction may be a semantic one whose choice is indicative of the approach or style determined by the governing body or the team concerned.

Subjects: Education.

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