Many career teachers have a long-term aim to become a head teacher, and many of us at Castles Education have held senior positions within schools ourselves – and we think it’s the best job there is.
But a school can have many teachers and only one head teacher, so finding the right vacancy for each candidate – not to mention the right candidate for the vacancy in question – is essential.
With the right person at the helm, a school can be steered towards greater success not only in terms of exam results, but also in the more administrative aspects of finance, staff satisfaction and parent feedback.
Castles Education can help you to find head teacher job vacancies or to decide what you need to do to complete your development ready for your first head teacher job – this might mean looking for a short-term head of subject, head of year or deputy head role to prove you have what it takes to be a head in your own right.
We don’t just place candidates into the first head teacher role we can find, although we understand that time is a significant factor in any job hunt.
At Castles Education we believe in finding the right role for you, and at head teacher level this is particularly crucial if you are to succeed over the long term.
We can also guide you towards more senior roles if you have gaps in your experience so far, finding the most senior vacancies for which you currently qualify, with a view towards taking on a full, independent head teacher job at a later date.
Likewise if you are looking to move between levels in the education system, such as from a primary school head teacher job to a secondary school head teacher role, we can help you to make that transition as smoothly as possible while recognising the added challenges that may come from running a larger institution.
Head teacher roles we recruit for include:
Castles Education work hard to source head teacher opportunities at schools up and down the UK, as well as working to place much-needed English teachers into schools in several overseas countries.
We believe strongly in giving pupils the best possible education and this naturally aligns with placing candidates into the head teacher roles that are best for them, too.
We also look to the long term and hope to support candidates throughout their career in teaching – so if you are keen to reach head teacher status but not quite ready yet, speak to us about finding short-term roles suitable to fill in any gaps in your professional development before applying for more senior positions.
It goes without saying that head teacher roles are much more administrative than being a standard classroom teacher and the characteristics of the ideal candidate can be very different too.
You will typically have an extensive background in classroom teaching, especially at the level at which you hope to work as a head teacher – the challenges at primary, secondary and FE level can vary substantially.
You should have a good head for administration, scheduling and problem-solving, a natural affinity for working in positions of authority, and strong teamwork skills, as you will ultimately be the figurehead for your entire teaching staff.
The role is likely to involve much more regular contact with a larger number of parents, as well as a slightly different style of interaction with pupils.
Ideal candidates are likely to have worked in a position of relative authority before, not necessarily as a head teacher, but perhaps as a deputy head, an acting head during a period of absence, or as a head of subject or head of year.
As with any education role, you will also be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service background check before you will be allowed to work directly with children.
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