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Wanting to be a deputy but not a head

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by whowhatwhy, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. I have been teaching for 5 years and am currently in post as a senior teacher. I have been on various leadership courses and thought long and hard recently about my career, coming to the conclusion that I would like to be a deputy but not become a head.
    I enjoy being part of SLT and shaping the future of the school and evaluating impact of teaching and learning on children. I have enjoyed the increased responsibilities that come with SLT however, I feel that being a head and having ultimate responsililty for school would be something that I do not want in the future.
    I realise that as a deputy I would need to step up as the headteacher and I have done this as part of my current role on a few occasions, but the budgeting/various staffing issues/exclusions/politics/etc... are parts of the role as headteacher that I would not like and I don't think I would be good at.
    I am wondering what a school would think to appointing a deputy who did not want to become a headteacher? I also realise that as I progress in my career I may change my mind and I have many people who see leadership potential in me and believe I should be a headteacher, but I want to do it because I want to, not because others believe I should!
    Sorry for the rambling post - any advice or experiences would be welcomed.

  2. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    Same here. People have said I would make a brilliant head but I have no desire to be one. It's a very hard job and you're on to a looser for most of the time as you can't please everyone.
    So I am applying for deputy posts at the moment and I don't have to announce that I don't want headship. And you never know, once I have a few years of deputy under my belt, something may, may come along that I fancy but it'll have to be good!
  3. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    Oh - I meant loser!
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Whilst you say you realise that you'd have to 'step up', how would you feel if the head went under the metaphorical bus - if s/he were suddenly seriously ill (even died - it has happened) or resigned and went off suddenly - and you were put in the position of having to take over for a term or more? You'd have to do all those things you don't fancy doing then.
  5. If it happened then of course I would step up as needed, however I have been in school in past where interim head was put in place until head returned as deputy did not feel ready for that step.
    I also know others who have stepped up for a time then returned quite happily to deputy role when new head had been found.
    I know that being a deputy is a big responsibility and I know that I would be willing to take that on, however being a head is an even bigger responsibility that I do not feel I would be ready to take on full time. I know that in years to come I could change my mind but I do not see that happening.
    Greta444, its good to know that I am not alone in feeling this way!
  6. R13

    R13 Occasional commenter

    There is nothing wrong at all with not wishing to be a Head - but I can't see why you would then wish to be a Deputy. As you can see the comment from another colleague in the SMT section, where describes her role - very much of it involves things you describe as not of interest

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