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Positive contribution of a rewarding job; Train to teach.

Byline: By David Whinyates

TEACHING is a rewarding job in more ways than one.

Besides the sheer joy of making a positive contribution to the future success of young people, the profession offers fantastic career prospects and development opportunities.

There are a number of ways in which teachers can progress, 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 also aim to become a head of year or key stage coordinator, or lead in particular area, such as special educational needs or pastoral care, like personal guidance.

Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position, such as deputy or assistant head and, of course, head teacher, at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive.

In primary schools you can take on responsibility for coordinating key areas, such as 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 and achieve leadership positions sooner rather than later.

Middle leaders in primary and secondary schools, established subject or special educational needs coordinators, can take advantage of the leaders from the Middle programme, which provides professional development in the form of face-to-face and online training and works towards developing school, team and individual priorities.

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is suitable for those wanting to become a head teacher.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 16, 2008
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