Becoming the Head of a Year Group

Once you’ve been in the teaching professional for a while, it’s time to start considering which direction you want your career to go in. Do you want to go into management positions? Do you one day have ambitions to become a principal or vice principal? Do you want to work more closely with other departments, as well as parents? If so, becoming a head of year could be a good decision for you.

Normally, these positions will become available every so often within your current school and you will be able to apply for them if you feel ready. Different schools will have different requirements, though usually you’ll have to write an application letter and attend an interview. It’s important that you’re thoroughly prepared for these. Going into a management position, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate that you’re forward thinking, independent and able to use your initiative. Think about how you might be able to expand the position and make it your own if you were given it.

It’s also worth talking to other teachers in the school to see what they have to say. They may be able to offer advice or give you more insight into what the role will actually entail. This will be very useful information to be equipped with when you go into the interview. Also, being able to demonstrate that you’ve consulted other colleagues further shows your interest in the position and indicates that you are a team player within the school environment.