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How to work in school pastoral/head of year

Posting here as I'd rather be anon.

How do you get intoi this role like a pastoral manager or head of year?

I'm very young and have only worked a few jobs, latest one is a full time I've been there a couple of months but not sure if it's for me. I did want to be a police officer but personal circumstances changed

I did peer mentoring at my school and won a Jack Petchey Award. I also volunteered, doing maths and english tuition to some of the pupils and also offered to do some more mentoring recently before I got my job but my DBS check was never completed. I don't have a degree but I have four A levels, competent with IT, have a drivers license, and I also have my own personal difficulties to use as experience .I am very good at oral and written communication.

How does one get into this role? I submitted an application just to see what happens, a role was avaliable near me. I have no interest in teaching any subject.
Original post by Anonymous
Posting here as I'd rather be anon.

How do you get intoi this role like a pastoral manager or head of year?

I'm very young and have only worked a few jobs, latest one is a full time I've been there a couple of months but not sure if it's for me. I did want to be a police officer but personal circumstances changed

I did peer mentoring at my school and won a Jack Petchey Award. I also volunteered, doing maths and english tuition to some of the pupils and also offered to do some more mentoring recently before I got my job but my DBS check was never completed. I don't have a degree but I have four A levels, competent with IT, have a drivers license, and I also have my own personal difficulties to use as experience .I am very good at oral and written communication.

How does one get into this role? I submitted an application just to see what happens, a role was avaliable near me. I have no interest in teaching any subject.

Not a professional or anything, but you probably need a degree in education in order to become a pastoral manager or head of year, as well as maybe a specialist subject (so maybe a degree for your best A-Level). Peer mentoring and a Jack Petchey Award don't translate to the expertise of a head of year with a few years of age. That would be more applicable for becoming a tutor.

If you aren't interested in teaching, which you should probably do in order to learn how the school and education system works, then I wouldn't recommend immediately trying to become a head of year, especially without expertise or experience. It doesn't sound like it'll happen.
Its a role for a qualified and experienced teacher - first you need to qualify as a teacher, and then you need to work your way up the career ladder tto a senior level.

How to become a secondary school teacher - https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/secondary-school-teacher
Some schools will have pastoral staff in non-teaching roles (e.g. school counsellors, ELSAs, family support workers, learning mentor) that don't require you to potentially even have a degree, but they may well require specific experience or training (ELSAs for example have a set few training sessions). They are unlikely to be paid as well as a teacher though
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