Q amp

19th January 2001 at 00:00

How do I move from being a team manager to becoming a principal in three to five years? I am female, 51 and a teacher.


This is a tough question to answer because there are so many possibilities.

The terms team leader and principal are mostly used in the further education sector, but many of the features about the move into senior management apply regardless of the sector. However, there are some special features relating to schools, such as the acquisition of the NPQH.

You should look over your career and highlight the strengths that might be useful for a strategic role such as a principalship. Team leadership, especially if the team is large and complex, will have given you many opportunities to demonstrate your achievements in responding to the challenges your team has faced.

You will need a vision for education that you can sell to an appointments panel.

You must also be prepared to relocate to take up a principal's post.


I am a mature BEd student in my second year of training. As I have two children to support, I would welcome any informatio regarding on-the-job training.


If you are over 24 and have completed two years of higher education successfully, you can be considered for the Registered Teacher Programme and may complete your training through that route if accepted. However, you would need to find a school willing to train you and have your training programme accepted. You will be expected to complete your degree.


I work as a tutor in the evenings to earn extra money. Some of the parents of children at my school have found this out and want me to tutor their children. Would this be a good idea?


Many teachers take on extra part-time jobs. These include either working as tutors or marking examination papers. There is nothing wrong with this so long as it doesn't interfere with your full-time post.

As to tutoring children you teach, generally it is not advisable because there is always the danger that a parent might feel you were not teaching their children properly to ensure they came to you for extra tuition. You would be wiser to work with children from outside your school.

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