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Head Teachers or Principals will run and lead their school. They will be responsible for the learning and achievements of both pupils and staff and will set expectations in line with governing bodies. They will make sure parents and pupils are informed about progress and encourage their support and involvement, select and develop staff, lead and attend meetings inside and outside school and control the schools finances. Basically head teachers are in control of all aspects of the whole school.

Entry Requirements

To become a headteacher you’ll need experience as a teacher, usually as a deputy head or other senior manager.

You'll have experience of extra responsibilities, for example as a co-ordinator of literacy or head of pastoral care.

You'll need training and qualifications in school management, for example the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) or the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

The National College for Teaching & Leadership has more information.  

Another option is to join the Future Leaders fast-track programme, run by Ambition School Leadership

You'll need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Career Path and Progression

Due to the variety of schools in the UK, there are opportunities to move between different types and sizes of school.

You could also train to be an Ofsted inspector, an education adviser, or become a teacher training lecturer in a college or university.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Early years teacher
  • Montessori teacher
  • Special educational needs (SEN) teacher

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Good managerial and decision making abilities
  • The ability to inspire others to learn
  • Open to change and new ideas
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A willingness to work with governors, parents and official bodies
  • Creativity
  • Confident public speaker
  • Good ICT skills
  • The confidence to challenge others and express your own ideas
  • A good team leader

Starting Salary

£44,000 to £115,500

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