Hungry for more

6th May 2005 at 01:00
I have been teaching for five years, always the same year group. I have vast experience with Sats and I am a mentor to both trainees and newly qualified teachers. Plus I have the role of assessment co-ordinator and team leader for a key stage. What can I do next? I am still in my late 20s, but would like to go the deputy head route. I would rather not move school, but I am willing to in order to develop my career. What would you advise?

There are going to be lots of leadership post available in the next few years, as many primary heads and deputies retire. More than 40 per cent of deputies in primary schools were under 35 when appointed last year.

However, according to Department for Education and Skills figures, only a handful of deputies were under thirty. You might consider both widening your experience through taking a different year group, and enrolling on a programme of professional development, perhaps one leading to a higher degree. This will both widen your experience and increase your professional understanding. If you have spent your entire career in the same school, you might well want to move schools. This would be both a challenge and an opportunity to work in anther setting. Only about one in four schools appoints an internal candidate to a deputy headship and that is often when faced with no alternative.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now