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Major role in pupil success.

TEACHING is a highly rewarding profession in more ways than one, offering the chance to make a real difference to the lives of young people, besides fantastic career prospects and development opportunities.

Can there be anything more satisfying than playing a major role in the success of youngsters?

Many teachers with some years experience have helped numerous pupils towards success in exams, leading in turn to excellent careers. Whether it be in sport, drama, music, the sciences, IT or a number of subjects, they help nurture talent that is one of the many satisfying aspects of teaching at every level.

For teachers there are a number of ways in which they can progress in their own careers, either within the classroom or in a leadership role.

In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum.

You may lead an age group as head of year or key stage coordinator, or a certain area such as special educational needs or pastoral care, perhaps personal guidance.

Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position, such as deputy or assistant head and, of course, head teacher.

In primary schools you can take on responsibility for coordinating key areas like literacy, numeracy or special educational needs and you can move into senior management by becoming a deputy head or head teacher.

There are also several schemes that are targeted at leaders in education.

The Fast Track teaching programme, for instance, is a scheme designed for talented teachers with the ability and ambition to make rapid progress into their careers.

Middle leaders in primary and secondary schools, established subject or special educational needs coordinators, can take advantage of the Leaders from the Middle programme.

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is suitable for those wanting to become a head teacher. For more information visit the National College for School Leadership website.

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Date:Mar 27, 2008
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