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Deputy Head at Infant School - good or bad long term career move?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Danger Mouse1, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. I've been teaching for 7 years, currently part of SLT at a small 5-11 Primary. I'm looking for my next step as Deputy and have seen the perfect opportunity at an Outstanding Infant school. Am concerned though that this may narrow my choices for a later Dep Head or Head job at an all through primary school.

    I am hoping for Headship eventually, so would a Deputy at an Infant school give me enough experience or would it limit my future job prospects? Any thoughts and advice gratefully received.
     
  2. I've been teaching for 7 years, currently part of SLT at a small 5-11 Primary. I'm looking for my next step as Deputy and have seen the perfect opportunity at an Outstanding Infant school. Am concerned though that this may narrow my choices for a later Dep Head or Head job at an all through primary school.

    I am hoping for Headship eventually, so would a Deputy at an Infant school give me enough experience or would it limit my future job prospects? Any thoughts and advice gratefully received.
     
  3. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    To get a HT role in a primary, you would probably need to have been a DH in a primary as well. But it is a good idea to have deputy experience in more than one school. So go for this one now, move to primary DH (possibly in a large school) later and then look at headship.

    Or that's how I'd look at it anyway.
     
  4. bigbev

    bigbev New commenter

    I have done this and it was a disaster! When you go round ask lots of questions. I went from being responsible for a team for performance management to doing nothing....and alot of other things to! If I had stayed I felt the job was de skilling me and not adding to the skills I already had. Most deputy jobs ask for teaching across the key stages....if you already have alot in KS2 great but just beware....perhaps you could ask if there was a chance of teaching in the feeder school to help with transition?
     

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