Head Teachers and Principals

Head teachers and principals plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the running of schools, colleges and other educational establishments.


New workers

New workers start around £42,923. Normal pay is £65,367 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £100,403.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 34,056 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Coordinates and maintains quality assurance procedures.

  • Assists with recruitment, public relations and marketing activities.

  • Liaises with parents and pupils.

  • Monitors schools performance and sets goals for student's academic achievements.

  • Leads or contributes to decision making processes regarding curricula, budgetary, disciplinary and other matters.

  • Considers staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.

  • Sets the school's values, provides leadership to staff and helps create an encouraging environment for learning.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Strategic Leadership

  • Curriculum Development

  • Due Diligence

  • Working With Children

  • Pedagogy

  • Child Protection

  • Numeracy

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Finance

  • Fact Checking

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Leadership

  • Teaching

  • Management

  • Communication

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Planning

  • English Language

  • Innovation

  • Enthusiasm

  • Educational Leadership

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.