Career progression stories
The opportunities for career progression as a teacher are plentiful. This includes the possibility of rapid progression into a leadership role. As your career progresses, so will your salary – in fact, the average salary for all full- and part-time leadership group teachers is £58,881.
From senior associate lawyer to assistant headteacher
Helen Winter, director of teaching school and assistant headteacher
Helen embarked on a journey to transition from lawyer to teacher - and hasn't looked back since. Helen is now on the same salary as she was as a senior associate lawyer. In addition, Helen’s progression to a leadership group teacher was also quick.
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Owen’s rapid career ascent
Dr Owen Mather, leader of teaching standards
Just one year after completing his postgraduate teacher training, Owen progressed to head of department – and since then, he has continued to climb the career ladder.
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Climbing the career ladder
Paul Evason, assistant headteacher
As a newly qualified teacher, Paul kept climbing the teaching career ladder – now he’s reached assistant headteacher he shares his story on why he got into teaching and his tips on career progression.
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Leaping to head of department
Jon Simons, head of department
Jon hasn't looked back since starting his teaching career - he was head of year 18 months after qualifying as a teacher, and a year later he was promoted to head of department. Find out how the support and guidance you get as a teacher can help you progress.
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From NQT to head of biology in two years
Sarah Fisher, head of biology
Sarah never saw herself working in a nine-to-five office job, and has embraced the challenges and career progression teaching has to offer. Having made the jump from NQT to head of biology in just two years, she thrives in an environment that offers “more job satisfaction than any other”.
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The rapid career climber
Olly Carr, assistant headteacher
Oxford graduate Olly briefly considered a career in finance before deciding that wasn’t for him. Instead he chose to use his degree to share his passion for physics and make it accessible for all pupils. He hasn’t looked back since – quickly climbing the career ladder via a number of leadership roles.
Read Olly’s story
Become a role model in your school
Karen Falcon, head of geography
From newly qualified teacher (NQT) to head of faculty in just five years, geography teacher Karen says she “couldn’t have made a better decision” than joining the profession. While her classroom time has been reduced, she still thrives on making a positive difference for students.
Read Karen’s story
Change career to teaching
30 November 2020 - 18:00
Considering changing career to teaching? Not sure about the next step? Join this online Q&A event where our panel of experts will discuss the different options available to help you retrain and experiences of the obstacles faced when changing career.
Teacher training options
02 December 2020 - 11:30
Looking for a career with a real purpose? Join this online Q&A event to find out more about teaching as a career and the different options you can take to qualify as a teacher in England. Our panel of experts will help you decide which option is best for you and provide lots of advice to kick-start your new career.
Return to teaching
07 December 2020 - 18:30
Considering a return to teaching? Not sure about the next step? Join this online Q&A event where our panel of experts will discuss the different options available to help you return, answering questions on preparing your application and finding vacancies.
Financial support for teacher training
09 December 2020 - 11:30
Join this online Q&A event to find out about the range of financial incentives and support available to help fund your teacher training. Our panel of experts will answer all of your questions about bursaries, scholarships and salaried School Direct courses. We'll also discuss the eligibility criteria for bursaries and scholarships, and how to apply for financial support.