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I want to progress, but I don't want leadership! Ideas?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by omalleythealicat, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. omalleythealicat

    omalleythealicat New commenter

    So, here's me in a nutshell: this is my 10th year teaching full time. I have been KS2 leader for 5 years, I lead English, Computing and MFL as well (we're a small primary school). I teach year 5/6. All my lesson observations have been outstanding for the last 4 years. I'm on the governors. In other words, I do what I do well, and the natural assumption of all is that I should be going into senior leadership... but I don't want to. I'm no good as a people leader, and just don't have the self-confidence to be a manager. And besides all else, I don't want to be tied to a desk and away from the classroom. But the fact that I don't want to go into leadership doesn't mean I'm not ambitious/looking to develop. I want to be learning and challenged and progressing, and as things stand I'm in danger of a) getting bored, b) getting jaded, c) getting overlooked/marginalised. I'm not quite at the stage where I want to leave teaching (although the curriculum changes and pressures on year 6 have pushed me closer and closer to that), but I can't just teach - just do what I've been doing - for the next 30 years. So now what? Any ideas out there? All thoughts gratefully received! Thanks!
  2. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

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  3. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    Apply to be an SLE. I also think there will be plenty of opportunities start to open up within MATs for subject specialists to work across schools modelling good teaching etc so that may be of interest in the future.
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  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Maybe study for a masters?
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  5. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    I was the same and went across to university and now run a PGCE. Much closer to the action and you stay focused on teaching practice. They are looking for new blood in primary frequently,
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