Become a Headteacher

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Head in a new direction

Headteachers play a vital role in shaping the lives of their pupils and staff, and the wider community. As a Headteacher, you have the opportunity to shape both your school and its curriculum, making a positive difference to pupils, staff and the wider community as well as providing support for staff. Read the case studies below where current Headteachers tell us what they love about their job.

There is no doubt that a Headteacher role is challenging, with different priorities to balance, and important decisions to be made on a daily basis, but with the right support and training in place, alongside your drive and determination to make a real difference, this can also be a hugely rewarding role. Are you ready to take on the next challenge in your career?

Into Headship

The fully funded ‘Into Headship’ qualification has been specifically designed to help candidates meet the requirements for the Standard for Headship, which will be a mandatory requirement for all new Headteachers in Scotland from August 2020.

The qualification provides you with the training you need to develop your leadership skills, and prepare you for the strategic challenges of the Headteacher role.

Find out more about the Into Headship qualification.

Headteacher’s stories

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Headteacher by watching the videos and reading the case studies below or have a look at our Headteacher blogs here.

Click the arrows below to read through some real Headteacher experiences.

There are many rewarding aspects to this role, especially when I see confidence and leadership within my teams. As a manager, it is important from the outset to bring all staff together and develop a shared and clear understanding of where the school is in terms of its profile within the community, attainment and achievement and curriculum development.

Maureen Macdonald - Headteacher Port Ellen and Bowmore Primaries

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