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Leadership positions in Spain

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by fitzyboy100, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. fitzyboy100

    fitzyboy100 New commenter


    I've had a good read of the forum and there is some excellent advice on moving to Spain. However, there are some specifics that I haven't been able to find covered on the forum.

    I'm currently an assistant head teacher, have been teaching for 12 years and am looking to move to Spain (ideally Madrid but I am flexible) from the UK. I am not necessarily looking for a senior team position, in fact for work life balance I would quite happily take a step back to head of department. My specialism is PE.

    Can anyone advise the approximate salary for a head of department and also whether or not these posts are prevalent? Also, at what point in the year would adverts for a September start come online? Finally, if I was looking at a Jan start, are there many opportunities out there for that or is it highly unlikely?

    Many thanks in advance :)
  2. lottee1000

    lottee1000 Occasional commenter

    Caveat- all of this is based on my experiences in Spain, and not any Madrid schools in particular. Happy to be contradicted by others!

    Heads of department jobs do come up, but I would also advise applying for PE jobs and then expressing an interest in Hod. It's often not advertised but might be available. Those jobs will start straight away, but legally in Spain staff only have to give a month's notice, so jobs do appear right up until August, although schools like to advertise sooner. Because of this, January starts are also possible (we had three in my last Spanish school).
    Be aware that by targeting Madrid and HoD roles you are essentially hoping for one of five positions (there's roughly 5 reasonable international schools in Madrid I think....)
    As for salary, HoD rarely earns much more than a mainscale teacher, between 70 and 150 euros more a month. That puts salaries in Madrid ranging from around 1700 to 2300 per month, after tax. The royal school pays more as it's 'tax free', there's another recent thread on that though and how odd it is.

    Good luck!
  3. fitzyboy100

    fitzyboy100 New commenter

    Thanks for your help.

    Worrying to hear about many adverts being late, I won't be able to resign my job here in order to do that!
  4. miketribe

    miketribe Established commenter

    Another point is that it is common practice in Spanish schools for HoDs to be appointed annually. You have to reapply each year. Often, the post rotates amongst all the qualified teacher in the department... Some international schools follow this practice whilst others have permanent HoDs. That may well explain why HoD positions are not often advertised. Again, according to Spanish labour laws, existing staff have to be given "first refusal" of all promotion opportunities, so the school could legally only advertise an HoD position if all the qualified teachers already on staff had refused it... If you've been reading through the forum, you'll have seen that many schools here don't actually observe the law and operate on the fairly certain premise that ordinary teachers will not have the time or money to challenge illegal actions in court. But, on the other hand, would you really want to work for a school which was prepare to ignore the legal rights of employees whenever they felt like it?
  5. truth_seeker12

    truth_seeker12 Occasional commenter

    Suprisingly enough, jobs in Spain come up very late. Any time from May till September, most around July as teachers tend to resign in June.

    HoD jobs don't pay much and I know many on around 1400 euros after tax. Although, there are those on 1600 as HoD. The 12 years you have will still put you on the same scale as an NQT as they don't usually care about how good you are but what you can bring to the school to bebefit them financially.

    It's worth taking a job in Spain for the lifestyle if you go with some money to get you through a few years as your salary may not cover a decent living.

    Best to give it a go yourself and try it. Iv not seem many people come out on top or leaving better than when they entered teaching in Spain. Many get stuck as they didn't have an exit plan to finance the move out of the country. However, this is unlikely to happen of you are single.
  6. fitzyboy100

    fitzyboy100 New commenter

    Thanks for the advice. :)

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