Becoming a Head Teacher

To become a head teacher, you first need to prove yourself as a teacher, meaning you will need a minimum of five GCSEs including English and Mathematics (plus Science for primary teaching).

As a teacher, you need to be pushing for the lead roles like ‘head of year’, ‘head of department’ or ‘head of faculty’. You can then start to push for ‘deputy head’ and so on. To be considered for these roles, you’ll need plenty of classroom experience, excellent organisational skills and leadership qualities.

You also need to be knowledgeable about the current urriculum and dedicated to improving standards. It’s not easy to become a head teacher, and there are limited opportunities, but it is possible. If you’re motivated, and committed to your own self-development then there’s no reason why you can’t succeed and follow in the footsteps of other influential head teachers.