Relationships With Support Staff by @StuartLock

Name: Stuart Lock
Twitter: @StuartLock
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: Maths
Position: Headteacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Building relationships with support staff

  1. Smile, get to know, and be nice to those in the office. You will need their discretionary effort, including holding off parents or advice about the school, at some point.
  2. Smile, get to know, and be nice to those in resources/ photocopying. You will need their services regularly, and discretionary effort at some point.
  3. Remember that colleagues who aren’t teachers are still your colleagues. Do not unwittingly exacerbate any teacher/ non-teacher divide.
  4. Value non-teaching staff in pastoral positions, they’re certain to bail you out of a tricky situation at some point.
  5. Don’t be afraid of asking if there is someone who can help you with things that are not classroom based (e.g. typing, resource creating, etc).
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