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Alternative titles for this job include Head, deputy head teacher

Headteachers manage schools and create the right conditions for children and staff to achieve their best.

Average salary (a year)

£47,735 Starter


£117,197 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 37 term time

You could work

evenings attending events or appointments

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How to become a headteacher

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role


You can become a headteacher after working as a teacher in a school. You'll also need several years' experience as a senior manager or deputy head.

You can take professional development training to help with this. For example, the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

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Further information

You can discover more about senior teaching careers from Ambition School Leadership and Get Into Teaching.

You can also search for jobs through the Teaching Vacancies service.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • leadership skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You may:

  • set the school’s values and strategic direction and communicate these to pupils, staff, parents, governors and the community
  • create and maintain a healthy and safe space for learning
  • decide staff priorities and delegate tasks
  • set high expectations of achievement for staff and pupils
  • keep to rules on equal opportunities
  • use data to track performance and produce reports
  • inform parents and pupils about progress
  • select, support, assess and develop staff
  • lead and attend meetings
  • control school finances
  • work with external advisers and school governors
  • work and attend meetings outside of usual working hours

Working environment

You could work at a school.

Career path and progression

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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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Access to Higher Education Diploma - Teaching

  • Provider: DCG
  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: Ilkeston

Access to HE Diploma (Primary Teaching)

  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Newport

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