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Teaching is a rewarding profession in more ways than one, offering fantastic career prospects and development opportunities.

Management and leadership responsibilities

There are a number of ways in which teachers can progress in their careers, either within the classroom or in a leadership role. In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:

  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special educational needs or pastoral care (ie personal guidance)

Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as deputy or assistant head and, of course, head teacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive.

In primary schools you can take on responsibility for coordinating key areas such as literacy, numeracy or special educational needs; and you can move into senior management by becoming a deputy head or head teacher.

Read how Karen Falcon progressed from a newly qualified teacher to Head of Faculty 

Read Olly Carr's account of progressing quickly into a leadership role 

Progressing towards leadership

There is a fast track scheme for leaders in secondary education. Future Leaders is aimed at those with potential to progress to senior leadership in challenging secondary schools.

Middle leaders in primary and secondary schools who want to develop their leadership knowledge and skills may apply for the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML). Both offer a choice of modules and the opportunity to specialise in, or develop, professional areas of interest.

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is suitable for those wanting to become a head teacher.

Find out more information about our leadership development programmes

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