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Is it too soon to apply for assistant headteacher posts?

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by vitet, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. I have been teaching for 6 years now, worked in two secondary comprehensive schools, both as head of year and now head of a core department. I have also been a school governor, G&T co-ordinator, primary transition co-ordinator, amongst other things. I am also currently leading a whole school project regarding literacy. Is it too soon to apply for an assistant head post? I have only been in my current school a year and have a feeling that it may be too soon to try. Don't want to upset the apple cart and all.

    What do you think? Would current senior managers even consider an application from such a candidate?
     
  2. I have been teaching for 6 years now, worked in two secondary comprehensive schools, both as head of year and now head of a core department. I have also been a school governor, G&T co-ordinator, primary transition co-ordinator, amongst other things. I am also currently leading a whole school project regarding literacy. Is it too soon to apply for an assistant head post? I have only been in my current school a year and have a feeling that it may be too soon to try. Don't want to upset the apple cart and all.

    What do you think? Would current senior managers even consider an application from such a candidate?
     
  3. I became key stage 2 coordinator after 4 years, then deputy four years later, then first headship two years after that.
    What helped was the fact I'd worked in different schools including a year in a special school.
    I think you've done enough to apply for promotion but make sure it's the right school for you. Always have a look at the essential criteria when applying for jobs, you'll know if you've got enough experience if you met the criteria.
    Good luck
     
  4. I have a colleague with similar experience. They are getting interviews, but so far not many positive receptions in the interview feedback.
     
  5. frymeariver

    frymeariver New commenter

    Clear evidence of improved results or progress demonstrates the impact of leadership and makes a strong application. You might find it easier to get an assistant headteacher post in a year or two once you have (hopefully) led your core subject to improved achievement.
    When you have this evidence to act as a springboard to senior leadership then the head of year post is going to make you stand out from the crowd as candidates with both pastoral and curriculum leadership experience are relatively rare.
    Good luck!
     
  6. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    As an experienced secondary head, I'd want to see more than a year in your current school on an application for assistant head. To apply so quickly smacks of rampant careerism, to be honest and might suggest to me that I'd be lucky to get 18 months out of you before you started seeking deputy head posts.
    You need to settle down and take your time. There's little be gained by rushing into a job with minimal experience and - frankly - a lot to lose. Others will stress the need to show tangible results from your leadership and I echo this, but would also stress the need to be able to rely on greater experience and awareness of wider school management and leadership issues than your experience to date offers you. You are able to list a range of 'I've done this' roles - but deep experience is actually more valuable to you (and to me) than thin experience of a wide range of things.
    You've done the right thing by taking a core dept head post. Take time to develop your skills in managing people at this level and ensure you are able to provide the head with enough good things to say about you in a reference, other than 'Mr/Ms Vitet has only been in post as HOD for a year and has therefore not been able to develop the role or his/her staff, neither has s/he been able to show a series of good and improving results'.
    This is the job that will actually help you make yourself into a senior leader. Take your time and use it.
     
  7. >>You've done the right thing by taking a core dept head post.
    Are you implying that being a core subject teacher will improve your chances of attaining AHT/DHT/HT?
    In 30+ years of teaching I've never worked for a HT who was a core subject specialist. In fact, most were Geographers, probably because they have a wider skill set. As it happens, I'm a Geographer:)
     
  8. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I was not in the least suggesting that core subject heads are more inclined to get headships than HODs of other subjects - it was the HOD part that I was recommending. However, those who take head of dept posts in core subjects will usually be managing a much larger team and it therefore gives the larger scale management experience, which will often lead to more rapid acquisition of SLT posts than headship of (say) geography.
     

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