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Last reviewed on 16 June 2017
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How can we make our SLT meetings more effective and leadership-focused? Two of The Key's associate education experts suggest ways to prepare and lead effective senior leadership team (SLT) meetings. You will also find a KeyDoc template for taking meeting minutes.

One of The Key’s associate education experts, David Roche, provided his advice on how senior leadership teams (SLTs) can prepare and run successful meetings.

Another of our experts, Trevor Bailey, provided additional guidance on how schools can keep SLT meetings focused on leadership rather than on management issues.


David said you should:

  • Take time to develop a shared understanding of the purpose of SLT meetings; each member should accept responsibility for making the meetings effective
  • Consider not holding the meeting at all if the same information can be communicated by email
  • If the meeting is meant to be brief, you could meet standing up, so the meeting is not extended unnecessarily
  • An explicit regular review of your team meetings will help ensure they meet the needs of the SLT and the needs of the school

Trevor advised that, as a starting point, the SLT should draw a clear separation between leadership meetings and those

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