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Career progression for those disinterested in headship?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by dagnabit, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. dagnabit

    dagnabit New commenter

    I am in my 6th year of teaching and am starting to feel that I should have left my school a couple of years ago. I am not interested in being a head, and there are other teachers within school who are 'fast tracking' and being given more responsibilty. I have looked for vacancies locally but there isn't much movement at the moment. So what options do I have? Stay where I am and get stepped over and just suck it up? Am I too expensive for anyone else to employ as 'just' a teacher? Feeling very blue and disillusioned at the present, and have done for maybe more than a year now (so it's not hormones!!) It's not that I don't want responsibilty at all, I just don't want to be a HT. I think there are probably lots of teachers out there who get to this point in their careers too - what did you do?
     
  2. I dont want to be a HT, but I have just been made KS1 Coord and member of SLT this year and I am really enjoying that role. You dont have to aspire to be a HT in order to take a few steps further up?
     
  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Does your head know you would like a more responsible role? People who are fast trackedhave probably made their interests known
     
  4. dagnabit

    dagnabit New commenter

    Its a one form entry school. The deputy is ks2 coordinator, lower school coordinator is being advertised shortly but is spoken for. Thats it! What has happened is that for a few years staffing has been very stable so now we are all post threshold or at threshold. Younger teachers without families can be more 'accomodating' to head's needs - simple as that. Need to leave but not sure if I am ready to leave teaching although there are plenty of jobs in my previous profession. Ho hum.Thanks for your replies guys, think I need a good slap!
     
  5. Can you not apply for roles with extra responsibility elsewhere? You are right in that as an expensive teacher with no responsibility it may be hard to find roles just as a teacher due to cheap NQTs, but if you wanted to take on a responsibility role like you seem to be saying you should find something.
     
  6. dagnabit

    dagnabit New commenter

    That's the way forward I guess. Thanks for your help. [​IMG]
     
  7. akimbo

    akimbo New commenter

    There is a govt. consultation at the moment with this very issue in mind trying to find an answer to keeping great teachers in the classroom -sorry don't have a link, but it appears to be about homogenising the whole AST and 'excellent teacher' routes to help in answer to the problem you pose.
    Best wishes to you
     
  8. Becoming an AST is a solution - I qualified in January. You get to work with so many different other teachers - it's great (and the money isn't bad either;))
     
  9. cariad2

    cariad2 New commenter

    I think that if you want to be more than just a classroom teacher, you need to first analyse you own strengths and interests.
    If you are a passionate about a particular subject then trying to become AST is the way forward. One of my friends is an AST for ICT and loves going into different schools, becoming involved in projects and helping develop other teachers' expertise.
    On the other hand, if you are interested in a wider strategic role eg would be interested in tracking and helping to raise standards of teaching across a key stage, then it might be an idea to look for a position as key stage leader in another school.

    PS The thread's title really should have read ... for those uninterested in headship. Sorry to be pedantic, but I just couldn't ignore that one. (I'm so sad that I really enjoyed the moment in "Would I lie to you" last week when David Mitchell corrected Rob Brydon for his misuse of "disinterested" when he meant "uninterested".)
     
  10. I'm a teaching and learning ast which is much more diverse of you don't want to focus on a particular subject
     
  11. Good plan (AST) but I know in my authority they are not taking on any more ASTs as that was my plan - I'm on a maths specialist teacher course which I began as a step towards AST but hey ho!

    There is no reason why you can't take on more responsibility in the form of a TLR without it having to lead to headship.
    Let's hope that the governemnt manage to come up with something that might remain in place...
    Good luck.
     
  12. Ast's are apparently going to become SLE's - specialist leaders in education so hopefully won't die a death when funding is cut
     

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