After you've been teaching a while you'll probably have a feel for where you'd like to go in your career. In secondary schools you could move up the management structure within your subject team and become head of department.You could become a head of year or lead an area such as special needs or pastoral care. In primary schools you'll be asked to take on responsibility for a non-core subject from your second year. In my experience, this is most likely to be ICT. In order to get paid to co-ordinate a subject you'll probably need to lead literacy, numeracy, science or special needs. You can also move into management by becoming a member of the senior management team, deputy head and then headteacher.Alternatively you could become an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) or an educational psychologist, or go into the advisory and inspection service or teacher training. If you don't know where you'd like to go in your career, try analysing how you feel about parts of your present job using Figure 9.1.
People go down different career paths, as illustrated in Table 9.1. Here are some real-life cases of what three people did in their first five years: