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Becoming a middle manager in the FE sector

As an experienced first line manager or senior teacher, you may be looking to progress your career and move into a middle management role. Although structures vary between institutions, middle managers usually assume responsibility for a department. But how can you make the leap and balance teaching and management?

Middle Manager

As someone with teaching experience, you are likely to have good communication and organisational skills. However, managing a department will require additional expertise when it comes to empowering colleagues, prioritising the needs of different curriculum areas and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a team.

At the same time, moving into middle leadership usually involves careful consideration of your work/life balance. The conflict between moving forward in your career and balancing the structure of your day is something you will need to consider, especially when you have additional responsibilities to interact with a department and senior leaders.

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