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 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

Karen Falcon, head of geographyDr 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 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, vice principalJon 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 biologySarah 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 headteacherOlly 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.
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Become a role model in your school

Karen FalconKaren 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