"No two days are ever the same"

Debbie-interview-_-Webinar-_-Promotion Debbie Anderson, head of school improvement and early years at Portsmouth City Council talks career progression in teaching.

When considering a career in teaching, you might have questions about progressing in the role. We spoke to Debbie Anderson, head of school improvement and early years at Portsmouth City Council who will be hosting our upcoming webinar on career progression. Debbie was a head teacher in the city for over 20 years. In her interview, she provides information on her own teaching journey into senior management.

Teach Portsmouth's next webinar: career progression in teaching gives those interested in joining the profession an idea of what their future could hold. Debbie took time out to speak with us about her thoughts on what route to take, providing top tips for those considering a change of career or stepping up if you already work in a school or college. 

Could you take broadly about teacher progression and what it means to you?

Generally speaking, progression starts when you take on greater responsibility. As I became more established in teaching, I started to think "if I were in charge here what could I change.' At that point I knew it was time to fulfil my career aspirations.

As a head teacher, I could set the tone and ethos of a school, lead a whole staff team and deliver the best possible educational experience for children in the city. Schools are built on relationships and being able to respond to the needs of parents, governors, teachers, support staff and children - that's what progress means to me.

What are the different routes when it comes to progression?

Progression routes will vary depending on what setting you work in. In primary education, you'll generally start as a class teacher and take on additional responsibility as you go. You might become a curriculum subject leader which involves supporting colleagues, developing resources and improving outcomes in that subject area across the whole school.

In secondary, progression looks different as you'll already be a subject specialist. The most likely route would be into a more senior role in a department or a year leader which will have more pastoral responsibilities.

Additional responsibilities often attract a 'TLR' (Teaching and Learning Responsibility allowance) and are a stepping stone to an assistant or deputy head teacher post, which are then paid on the leadership salary range.

How does someone decide what route is best for them?

Progression isn't for everyone and you shouldn't feel pressured into it. There is nothing wrong with being the very best classroom teacher that you can be. You can always find smaller ways to progress - it might be supporting a colleague who recently joined the school.

Your route depends on your interests, skills and experience that you gain as you develop within the profession. Working alongside senior staff and school leaders will also help to influence your choices

What top tip would you give to someone who wants to become a teacher?

It might sound cliché but teaching is probably one of the most rewarding careers you can choose. No two days are ever the same, regardless of what role or position you are in. Make the most of every minute, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it!

Start something exciting today!

Teach Portsmouth presents career progression in teaching gives you a chance to discover amazing opportunities in a profession you'll love. Hear from two Portsmouth-based teachers and ask questions in a live Q&A. Visit the webinar page for more information now!

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