Becoming an Interim Leader

Leaders in education are making the transition to interim leadership at different stages in their careers.  From coaching and mentoring to full time interim leadership roles there are a wide range of opportunities to choose from.  But why choose consultancy and how do you become an Education Consultant?

Increased flexibility

Being able to choose the assignments and roles that interest you can be a huge attraction.  Equally, it can be incredibly liberating to take on a challenge within a clearly defined time period. If you need a break between assignments, you have the freedom to take one. We all know how important work life balance is and interim leadership gives you the opportunity to realise this.

Attractive remuneration

Your skills, experience and track record will determine how much you’re paid (usually a daily rate). Compared to a substantive salary, this can often be quite attractive.  It also allows schools, academies and other education providers to access talent they would otherwise not be able to attract for a fixed period.

Development opportunities

Imagine the growth you could achieve by having the opportunity to test yourself in multiple contexts, geographies and situations every year. Not only do you have the opportunity to put your learning and experiences to the test, but you will also pick up best practice from countless other settings. No matter what the situation is, there is always something new to learn.

The Navigate difference

We take time to understand you, your experience and needs and, we are passionate about finding the right opportunity to match. When we find the right assignment, a Navigate Consultant will be on hand to help shape and clarify the brief, be there if you have any queries and visit you on assignment to make sure everything is going well. Our extensive professional network also means you’re never more than a phone call away from additional help or advice.

How do I become a consultant?

A daunting task initially, the reality is very different. The Navigate Team can advise with the setup arrangements, support around practicalities like insurance and invoicing arrangements (to ensure you are paid on time, every month) and give guidance on daily rate and diary management.

But don’t just take our word about the benefits of consultancy. Navigate Consultant Sarah Creighton, a successful headteacher who has worked as an independent consultant since 2014, has some words of advice.

“The world of interim is different. You may be going into a school with little or no support structures and you need the confidence and experience to be able to utilise the skills of others. If you are the kind of person that responds well to a challenge, the feeling of achievement can be immense.

It can be unnerving at first, to some extent you are there to use your experience and initiative but Navigate are always on hand should you need them. The Navigate structure means you can get advice and support from knowledgeable, personable professionals who care deeply about the work they do to make self-sustaining changes.

All heads are different, but for some the prospect of taking on a school with a pending inspection and a troubled history would be daunting.   For others they know the changes that they bring about can make a real difference in a short space of time.

A proven record of interim headship success will also give you a great platform on which to build, whilst the role of interim headteacher itself can add greatly to your own skillset. It basically opens up new doors and gives you more options on how to spend the rest of your career.

If you are interested in finding out more about the world of interim headships and what we can achieve together, please send your CV to or call one of our Team on 0113 287 8445 for an informal and confidential chat.