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Discussion in 'Professional development' started by himself, May 23, 2011.

  1. I recently started a new Assistant Head post at 50 years of age. I would love to be a headteacher one day but am fully aware that I would need to undertake NPQH. By the time I have a couple of years AHT experience, and then NPQH (if accepted) I will be around 53. Is this too old for a first Headteacher post? (I look younger by the way, if that helps, ha ha!!!).
    Are people in thier fifties even considered for NPQH? I would hate to waste anyones time, or my own.
    I still feel I have a lot to offer the profession - and pupils - and plan to work until I'm 66! If I did seek a HT post at 53 I could offer a potential school 13 years.
    I would appreciate your honest answers - in my next life I will aim not to be such a late developer[​IMG]
  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    When I left my first headship the governors appointed a man who was 53 as my successor. I can't say whether or not many governing bodies would, of course - but I suspect that the main reason so many heads seem to be very young is that older colleagues are simply not applying.
    Good luck to you - keep going!

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