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Qualifications and Experience for becoming a Head/ Deputy teacher

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by anon1057, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. What are the minimum requirement, qualifications and experiences on becoming a head teacher?
    What about a deputy head teacher? Details please. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    The ability to research and find out oneself.
     
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  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    It's not about 'minimum' anything. My best advice is to take your time, get lots of experience at every stage (be the best teacher possible and be it for a number of years, for example), don't try to cut any corners and have enough humility to say 'I'm not ready yet.'
     
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  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well, firstly you have to complete successfully your Induction Year - which you haven't yet started, if I understand your other threads correctly.
    That is nowadays the only qualification required, as the NPQH (Google it - don't ask us) is no longer a requirement.
    In addition you need:
    • the ability to do the job
    • the vision to know what job to do
    • the credibility to persuade others that you have the vision and ability to do the job.
    For a Headship, a Deputy Headship, or a Head of Department role (which I see that you are also enquiring about on another Forum), the best way to find out what Governing Bodies are looking for is to actually look at a job advert and read the person specification.
    It might also be a good idea to read the job description - I see that you are unsure what a HoD does to warrant the extra pay.
    So go to the Jobs section of the site and see what posts are being advertised there that you could aspire to in the future.
    When you have done your induction year.
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  6. Theo, have a look at the primary thread to see the other posts by H Khan. Perhaps you've wasted your time?
     
  7. Humility helps.
     
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Couldn't see any, then came back here and saw that he had changed his username.
    Wonder why . . .
    Thread 1 How often should I mark a subject's books. Every two week? 3 weeks? Slowly marking them? Or cramming them all in at the holidays? Thanks x
    Thread 2 Hey, I've just completed my PGCE on Primary Education and I was just wondering what happens in an induction year. Is it the same as a NQT year? Are you assessed. All details, would be AMAZING. Thanks in advanced. x
    Elsewhere young anon asks:
    Thread 3 What do/ can you do on Teacher Training Days?
    Thread 4 How do I become a head of a department? Do you have to have a degree in the subject? Do you get more money?(you may think I'm greedy- but I'm just interested.) Do I have to plan extra things aswell as my own classes lessons? Thanks in advance x
    Thread 5 How much of the timetable do you teach as a (PGCE) trainee? Is it increased by the number of months you have been a trainee?
    Now I could be a cynical old baldie and say that with this quality of student graduating from PGCE courses clutching their NQT certificate, no wonder I have on JobSeekers so many unhappy posters saying that they cannot get jobs.
    I wouldn't want to employ a NQT like this either.
    On the other hand, I might just take Middlemarch's view:

    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    And some more gems from our recently-finished Primary PGCE-er:
    Posted on the Design & Technology Forum:
    Posted on the GTP Forum:
    Just graduated BSc Physics? Thought you'd just finished your Primary Pgce . . . before getting a GTP post in DT . . .
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  10. Only_a_LSA

    Only_a_LSA New commenter

    I'm shocked at the level of acrimony and vitriol aimed at the person who posted this and other related enquiries.

    Clearly you are all highly intelligent and experienced. However, your universal assumption that this person was hoping to move to these positions imminently was based on what? Certainly that is not implicit or explicit in their post(s). This interested party (could be prospective graduate or career changer) is simply coming to some experts to ask their opinion. We should all have forward plans based on realistic expectations (see motivation theory) and who best to validate those than practitioners? Same could be said where one is trying to determine and adopt best practice. Certainly in my former career in office based employment, this would seem an entirely rational and laudable approach to resolving unknowns.

    I happened on this post because I overheard some chatter in the staff room and googled the question. I was then moved to not only register but also respond. The person who posted the original question in 2012 may by now be thinking of applying for Head of Year or may not, but this level of contempt visible for all to see ad infinitum is hardly a ringing endorsement of our profession's inclusivity and respect for newcomers, given the ongoing need for fresh entrants following burnout, early retirement or disillusionment from incumbents.
     

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