So, where do you want to take your teaching career?

Even as a new or recently qualified teacher, you may have an idea of where you want to go with your career in education? John Rutter advises on how we might get there

Some people are always in a bit of hurry.

Without any doubt at all this applies to my own progress through the education system. As a late entrant to the profession – after serving time in a number of different jobs – I saw lots of things I thought could be done better and believed I had the skills and attributes to be the one to lead others to do them.

So in my first year of teaching following my probation year, I applied for, and was given, a pastoral role in the school as first line guidance.

Within three years I had been promoted to departmental head and saw further opportunities opening up with training and study towards a headship qualification. Three years further on I was an acting depute head of a big school and gained a permanent (actually not that permanent) depute position just over a year later.

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