One essential for being a Head is an incredibly thick skin. You may have all number of great personal and professional skill and experiences, but as far as parents and staff are concerned, you are fair game for anything to be thrown at you. And you are always to blame for everything! Having said that, I am pleased that a Newby is already thinking of the future. Yes, as Middlemarch says, get the good teaching experience. Volunteer to take on extra responsibilities to see if you like that. If you are a mature entrant (i.e. have some experience outside teaching) you may already have experience of responsibility, of co-ordinating the work of others, even of management. All to the good! If not, then that is your first step, getting that experience of responsibility and management in education. Deputy Head of Department, or Co-ordinator of a subject in a Primary School, are good first steps. Whether you are Primary or Secondary <u>will </u>make a difference; it's a shorter journey from teacher to Head in Primary (and a little less stressful, if only because there are fewer parents and fewer staff throwing things at you), but there are often fewer opportunities to take on responsibilities or take up a management role in Primary, just because the schools are smaller. But there are more Primary schools so more jobs. There is a need for Heads at present and over the next 10 years; I seem to remember reading somewhere that 50% of Heads are aged over 50, so that means that at least 50% are likely to retire in the next decade. What it will be like after then, I cannot tell because I dropped my crystal ball yesterday. Currently TES is advertising 498 posts as Head, of which 366 are in Primary schools. There are also 333 Deputy Head vacancies, 189 in Primaries. Not only are there more jobs available in primary, but also, I hear, fewer applicants per post. My sister who is a Governor of a state Primary has said that, talking to Govs at other schools, the average application numbers is under 5 . . . Hope this year goes well for you, and good luck for the future.