Career progression for teacher

Career progression for teachers in the UK

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Career progression for teacher

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As an education recruitment specialist, I often speak to South African staff in schools who have worked themselves up from teacher to headteacher and everything in between. With teachers in the UK in high demand, there couldn’t be a better time to start climbing the ladder. On a daily basis I am in contact with South African expats who have done just that – here’s what some of them recommended:

“After a couple years’ experience teaching in the UK, it is advisable for you to apply for a subject leader post to kick start your progression. As a subject leader, you will provide support and ensure the school’s goals for the subject are reached. You will be required to ensure the lessons planned by all class teachers are effective and delivered in a manner whereby students can make the best possible progress. It’s considered a managerial role and will show the senior leadership team and school governing body that you are prepared and willing to take on extra responsibilities.”

The next step came quickly for a few of my contacts; applying for a phase leader role. The role of the Phase Leader is to ensure high standards of teaching and learning across year groups that fall within their phase. It’s a role that demonstrates excellent cross-curriculum knowledge and time management skills – desired skills when applying for an assistant head role. How do you prove you are ready for a subject leader role?

“Start small. I started as a supply teacher several years ago to gain an understanding of the UK system. Once I was comfortable with the curriculum and the way schools in the UK worked I applied for my first full-time class teacher role. I remained a class teacher for four years and during this time took on extra-curricular activities, volunteered to plan school outings and constantly suggested cross year group activities to support learning. When a subject leader post opened up, I was encouraged to apply!” – Ally, Primary Phase Leader

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