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Headteacher Average UK Salary & Prospects

Headteachers manage schools and create the right conditions for children and staff to achieve their best.

  • Design or use assessments to monitor student learning outcomes.  
  • Recruit, hire, train, and terminate departmental personnel.  
  • Direct, coordinate, and evaluate the activities of personnel, including support staff engaged in administering academic institutions, departments, or alumni organizations.  
  • Advise students on issues such as
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Headteachers typically work around 35 to 37 hours per week.

As a Headteacher you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
40,268 GBP *
per year
46,457 GBP
114,060 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Headteacher

Men make 17% more than Women
  • 44,825 GBP
  • 37,398 GBP
Average salary for part-time Headteacher
Average salary for full-time Headteacher

  • 21,427 GBP
  • 21,019 GBP
  • 22,478 GBP
  • 40,268 GBP
  • 37,398 GBP
  • 44,825 GBP
Pay over time for Headteacher

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 37,973 GBP
  • 38,483 GBP
  • 39,040 GBP
  • 39,334 GBP
  • 39,710 GBP
  • 40,268 GBP

Future outlook for Headteachers

Very good outlook
Balanced outlook
1% yearly wage growth (on average)

Headteacher - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Headteacher and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 48% of people in this role have a Master's degree
  • 37% of people in this role have a Doctoral degree
  • 8% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • leadership skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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Things to highlight for your Headteacher interview

Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Leadership Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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