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How to get a job in school administration

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Administrative and office jobs in school run the gamut from PA to the headteacher through to examiner or data manager. On this page you'll find advice on the qualifications and skills you need to get an office support or admin job in education plus insight into the pay and conditions you can expect and the career progression opportunities.

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Advice to help you get a job in school administration or office support

  • How to become a school administrator

    The school administrator is the gate keeper to the head and to the whole school community. If you are organised, sociable and thrive on busy schedules where no two days are the same, this role could be for you. Don’t apply if you are sensitive and like to be given credit for your work – the school admin is often the unsung hero of the school. Find out if you're suited to this role.

  • How to become an examiner

    The vast majority of examiners are practising teachers looking to earn extra cash in their spare time, although a few examiners are employed directly by the exam boards. There is a career path for examiners with possible promotions to team leader and a range of senior examiner positions. Read more on the qualifications needed.

  • How to become a school data manager/analyst

    An increasingly complex school environment and a relentless focus on attainment means there’s a hunger for data and a need for sophisticated data management. The school data manager is becoming a pivotal figure in all of this, providing accurate data and up-to-the minute interpretation of pupil information. Get the lowdown on the skills needed to become a data manager.

Useful resources for office and administrative roles in education

Further sources of advice for anybody working in school administration

  • Read this DfE guide to becoming an examinations officer

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