Teaching is a profession offering multiple career options and opportunities to progress and develop. Depending on which key stage or subject you teach, you can find a wide variety of ways to enhance your skills and knowledge often with the support of your employer. Most of the time newly qualified teachers (NQTs) start off in the classroom teaching, but it doesn’t have to remain that way if you feel you have other qualities and talents you could focus on. Whether you work in the state or private sector, most schools are very keen to offer additional training and responsibilities to their teachers, if they show commitment and passion. As your career progresses, so will your salary. A full-time leader in a school can earn on average up to £57,500. Sounds good? Then see how you can get there by looking at these case studies:
Paul Evason, Assistant Headteacher: As a newly qualified teacher, Paul kept climbing the teaching career ladder and is now part of the leadership team.
“When I started teaching as a newly qualified teacher, I looked for opportunities to support the school and to enhance my experience. For example, in my first year, I led on re-designing the KS3 curriculum, and in my second year I started to become involved in the school’s virtual learning environment. All of this added to my experience and provided me with plenty to talk about when applying for new roles.”
Sarah Fisher, Head of Biology: Two years after qualifying as a teacher, Sarah progressed to head of biology, climbing the career ladder and strengthening her department in the process.
“I also act as a teaching and learning mentor, which allows me to work with staff from all departments to enhance and develop their teaching and learning. I am currently facilitating an NQT leadership programme for teachers across the borough, which I am thoroughly enjoying.”
As these examples show, whatever your talent or area of interest there are so many different career paths you can choose to take as a teacher. Once you’ve completed your training and you’re working full-time you’ll get a better understanding of yourself as a teacher and what you want for your future. But you’ll also learn that taking on different roles, volunteering and putting in the extra effort pays off by adding lots of experience to your portfolio, which gives you the boost to stand out.
SCCD training can help you with either getting into teaching or enhancing your knowledge and skills as a teacher. Their courses will give you theoretical and practical learning opportunities, which will pave your way for successful and ongoing career development until you’ve achieved what you’re looking for.