Education

Headteacher

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

Annual Salary

£44,000 to £115,500

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

Variable

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • setting the school’s values and communicating them to pupils, staff, parents and the community
  • creating and maintaining a healthy and safe space for learning
  • deciding staff priorities and delegating tasks
  • setting high expectations of achievement for staff and pupils
  • keeping to rules on equal opportunities
  • using data to track performance and produce reports
  • informing parents and pupils about progress
  • selecting, supporting, assessing and developing staff
  • leading and attending meetings
  • controlling school finances
  • working with external advisers and school governors

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.

Registration

£44,000 to £115,500

Starter salary: £44,000, increasing to £51,500 in inner London

Experienced salary: £81,500, increasing to £89,000 in inner London

These figures are a guide. In state schools, pay depends on the number and age of pupils in a school. Some schools have their own pay policies linked to performance.

Independent schools set their own pay.

Variable

You'll work at least 45 hours a week, for 40 weeks of the year. Headteachers get long holidays but you’ll usually spend some holiday time working.

You’ll also attend meetings outside school hours.

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
  • customer service skills
  • 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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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