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General Chat Thread, Who's your line manager? in General; I've been reading the forums for a while now and it appears that the staffing structures in schools around the ...
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    Who's your line manager?

    I've been reading the forums for a while now and it appears that the staffing structures in schools around the country vary significantly.

    So who line manages your ICT support team?

    Our team reports to a Vice Principal who's happy for us to get on with the job with little interferance day to day, but involves us fully in the long term plans for ICT development in the school.

    Another advantage of our arrangment is our line manager will back us on almost everything we do / recommend. So anyone who's got a gripe with us has to go straight to the top, and our principal will listen to both sides equally.

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    We have a school Business Manager who is effectively the line manager for all of the support staff. As he also controls the initial budgets, he gets involved in the long term planning for IT, and should, in theory, be interested in our work on a daily basis.

    However, in the state our system's in, and my NM's lack of organisation, planning and administrative abilities, one would think that the BM would be concerned at this... it appears not (sadly).

    I guess that after the Business Manager I can speak to the Head, but that's a last-resort thing...

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    Similar here, the Bursar is our line manager, or to use their new title , Director of Finance

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    We're quite a small school, so I work directly for the Head.

    It give me a bit of clout, I think, but it doesn't really work because as Head he doesn't have time to deal with IT properly.

    The governors have been trying for three years to appoint a Head of ICT / ICT coordinator from the existing teachers, but they've been unsuccessful because of various reasons - lack of funding funding, no-one wanting to do it etc...

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    Well, I am the ICT support staff for my school (although not for much longer! :twisted: ). As I'm a Technician, I work under the Supervisory Technician, and our Line manager above that is one of the Board of Studies. I am also answerable to the ICT Co-ordinator too where applicable.

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    I report to the NM but the line manager is the ICT Co-Ordinator who happens to be one of the deputy heads.

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    I am Network Manager, and report to Deputy Head.

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    Well currently my line manager is the director of finance/head of security?/technology college business manager. Too many titles i think.

    I'm the nm at the school and the line manager for the other two. I'm trying to taking on the ICT-Coord's job. I'd have to say i do all the work that should be done by one and the school doesn't really have one. I'd like to answer directly to the head because he actually listens to what i have to say, even if he doesn't know that much about IT. Then again neither does my LM at present lol.

    I'm guessing that's the case for most people though?

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    Officially I report to the head of ICT who is also Assistant Deputy Head. In reality he looks after the curriculum policies and the teaching side of life and I look after all the technical aspects including new equipment etc so a joint effort to cover all angles.

    Above that I have a deputy head for personnel and training matters if required and the Head for anything else.

    Yes we do have an interfering Burser, but that's another topic :twisted:

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    Me --> Network Manager (Officially the sole ICT Support at present) --> Strategic Leader for ICT (don't ask) --> Head

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    I really don't know... I had this discussion yesterday and I'm not sure whether its the Head or the ICT co ordinator officially, however there is a deputy head who seems more interested to know what is going on.

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    Good question.

    1000 kid sized school. I work (alone) alongside Head of IT, ICT Co-Ordinator and Bursar [self appointed manager of everyone paid less than her (I'm dealing with it!)]. My line manager is the Head, as it was decided the others are not impartial when it comes to descision making.

    It is a problem that the Head has no real IT focus, and that there is no one really on the SMT either, so it isn't as important as it should be in the schools priorities. The Head thinks that I represent it sufficiently but it rarely works. I don't really interface well, not knowing how wider things work really, and i'll get the occasional 'why the hell is a 'technician' telling the Head what to do' if there's any difference of opinion.

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    My line manager is Alan-d.

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    Quote Originally Posted by apeo
    My line manager is Alan-d.
    and he's proud of it :twisted:

    now stop playing on the forum and get some work done :P

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    Re: Who's your line manager?

    My what? I honestly haven't a clue. Depends which hat I'm wearing at the time. Head of MFL, Bursar, Director of Studies, Head of Drama, Music...

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