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Headteachers manage schools and create the right conditions for children and staff to achieve their best.

Annual Salary

£47,735 to £117,197

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 37 term time

You could work: evenings; attending events or appointments

Day to day tasks

You may:

  • set the school’s values and strategic direction and communicate these to pupils, staff, parents, governors and the community
  • create and maintain a healthy and safe space for learning
  • decide staff priorities and delegate tasks
  • set high expectations of achievement for staff and pupils
  • keep to rules on equal opportunities
  • use data to track performance and produce reports
  • inform parents and pupils about progress
  • select, support, assess and develop staff
  • lead and attend meetings
  • control school finances
  • work with external advisers and school governors
  • work and attend meetings outside of usual working hours

Working environment

You could work at a school.

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role

You can become a headteacher after working as a teacher in a school. You'll also need several years' experience as a senior manager or deputy head.

You can take professional development training to help with this. For example, the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Further information

You can discover more about senior teaching careers from Ambition School Leadership and Get Into Teaching.

You can also search for jobs through the Teaching Vacancies service.

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Due to the variety of schools in the UK, there are opportunities to move between different types and sizes of school.

You could also train to be an Ofsted inspector, an education adviser, or become a teacher training lecturer in a college or university.

You can discover more about senior teaching careers from Ambition School Leadership and Get Into Teaching.

You can also search for jobs through the Teaching Vacancies service.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • leadership skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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