This may sound like I have a horrific lack of ambition but I'm actually quite happy where I am and in what I'm doing. I enjoy my job, I have no desire at all to move into management, I get paid well and my job is as secure as it can be. If I found myself here in another five years, I wouldn't be unhappy at all.
Of course, that may change in the blink of an eye...
Same. Never thought anyone else was interested tbh.
Talking from my experience, I spent 3 and half years as a Network Manager at a school and then another 18 months as a ICT Manager for another school and have never left education since. Before becoming a network manager I had 4 years of experience working in small and medium size businesses doing general IT support and really enjoyed it. After my 5 years in schools I did a year in BSF working on projects on deployment before the money disappeared. This 1 year at this level set me up for what I know now, the danagers of ICT in education, the impact on a larger scale of schools but also understanding education and the impact of ICT across a number of schools and LA for both primary, secondary and special educational units. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't that easy during the time but the value of understanding how a business and council run at that top level helped me in what I do today.
Following leaving BSF i started my own company and after 3 years and 4 months we are sailing the Office 365 Education boat and have reached over 1.2millions users in the UK and growing as an organisation. What i learnt the most wasn't from the school years (even though my time in the school was very valuable) but understanding how a business runs, what is required to deliver higher end projects to schools and the project and customer relations behind that have given me such an understanding along side the education knowledge I had has allowed me to grow and I wold recommend that to anyone.
For me the next step is Network Manager and then ICT Director looking after the operations of the communication and anything with a plug on but also look at how you can make it all more productive and saving costs. From their you will find opportunities as ICT Director for groups of schools before than going onto ICT Director or something similar for a academy group.
Try and get yourself experience in, tendering out your purchases, writing those tender, meeting with supplier and negotiating. Project Management (and be mean to ensure they deliver on time as you will learn a lot from this), manage staff and give them full appraisals and objectives and get them yourself.
Hope this helps.
I am currently a Director of IT and ultimately my aim would be to become a Deputy Head or Head / Principal. I know that many would disagree with me that someone without a QTLS and significant in classroom experience should not be a Head Teacher.
However if you have been in the school / education environment for several years and gained genuine experience and skills including senior management training then why canít a IT Network Manager one day rise to become a Head.
Especially with the increase focus of technology and e-learning strategies it might actually be a good situation for a school to have a leader who has the knowledge and experience of technology strategies to develop and lead the school.
However unfortunately I donít see this happening which is a shame not just for me but for driving education towards the next generation with a change in leadership directions in education.
Not sure about Headship, but the most senior member of IT staff should definitely be on SLT anyway.
I don't necessarily disagree... I just think that the most senior IT person should not be on SLT by default. There has to be a good reason and I would need a better reason than yours :)
Running around at the moment, will expand later on... though it may be a trademark essay... :P
Changed my mind. Rather than expanding at this stage and running the risk of everyone talking at cross purposes, is it useful first to come to an understanding we can all agree on as to what exactly a Senior Management/Leadership Team is, what its purpose is within an organisation (of any kind as I see no reason to differentiate) and what it's for?
Having chatted with @GrumbleDook about this, he took a view that I hadn't considered before which involved the potential ramifications of having a "top-heavy" leadership team. Unfortunately I didn't quite get everything he was saying as the line was quite bad - anything he could add would be great!