How to Become a Headmaster

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The title of headmaster is usually given to the senior teacher in a private school. A headmaster normally has only pastoral or managerial duties. They are a supervisor of teachers rather than a teacher in the classroom. Many times there are deputy heads that act as assistants to the headmaster.

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Things you need

  • Covey: Principle Centered Leadership
  • Becoming a master manager
  • The Trustee's Handbook, NAIS

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  1. 1

    Get your teacher certification and find employment at a school that has headmasters not administrators. They are out there.

  2. 2

    Study your craft. Know your subject matter and make your classroom the envy of your peers.

  3. 3

    Officiate in as many extra-collegiate activities in your school as possible. Become noticed by the school administration. Take part in as many events and meetings as your schedule allows.

  4. 4

    Learn the administrative side of education. Become involved in budget decisions, the process of teacher retention and attraction and participate on discipline panels.

  5. 5

    Go back to college and continue your education. Generalize your approach to your continued education.

  6. 6

    Make it known that you are interested in administrative duties and glide into the headmaster position as someone to be mentored.

Tips and warnings

  • A good headmaster is a generalist not necessarily a specialist.
  • Mastery is not a term used to define a man or woman's rank. Mastery refers to the advanced knowledge of a person on a certain subject.

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