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Facts and figures about headteachers and school leadership

Career | Published 10 December, 2009 | By: Helen Beckett

Seven facts and figures about headteachers and school leadership in the UK

Percentage of headteachers in the ‘baby boomer’ generation born in the ’50s that is due to retire within the next 10 years
Source: The Observer December 2007

The percentage of teachers that aspires to headship
NCSL 2008

Percentage of teachers that is aiming for the top job within the next five years
General Teaching Council in England, 2006

The ‘golden hello (in pounds sterling) that Fortismere comprehensive in north London offered its new head teacher in 2006.

The average age at which a state school head quits. Their counterparts in the independent sector last another two years.
National Association of Head Teachers

Percentage of primary and special schools that appoints a woman as their headteacher. This is up on the 56 per cent in 1997.
Educational Data Surveys

The number of schools that advertised for a new headteacher for the first time during 2007
EDS, January 2008

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