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Headships: what experience is required?

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Last updated on 7 June 2017
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What qualifications and experience are requirements for headteachers? There is no requirement for headteachers in England to hold a particular qualification such as QTS. We include advice from the DfE and the National College on prior experience and desirable qualifications.

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  1. 1 No statutory requirements for qualifications
  2. 2 No statutory requirements for experience
  3. 3 What qualifications should be regarded as 'essential'?
  4. 4 Ofsted will not investigate a headteacher's teaching qualifications
  5. 5 Requirements for deputy and assistant headteachers

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