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    difference between director and headmaster/principal

    Hello everyone,

    I'm trying to understand what the difference between "school director" and headmaster/principal is:

    Here is the definition of headmaster:

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...r?q=headmaster

    a male teacher who is in charge of a school, especially a private school

    And here is a description of a school director's responsibilities:

    http://www.ptsd.k12.pa.us/DirectorResponsibilities.aspx

    What does a School Director do for our District?


    So is there any difference between school director and headmaster/principal or are these terms interchangeable?

    Thank you,
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    Re: difference between director and headmaster/principal

    These titles will vary from school to school and district to district.

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    Re: difference between director and headmaster/principal

    I haven't heard School Director used in the UK.

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    Re: difference between director and headmaster/principal

    Also, I think 'headmaster' is primarily reserved for use with private schools, whereas public schools have principals or superintendents, at least here in the U.S.

    School director sounds more like a title for some kind of specialized art/dance/music/craft school versus your basic elementary school.

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    Re: difference between director and headmaster/principal

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Also, I think 'headmaster' is primarily reserved for use with private schools, whereas public schools have principals or superintendents, at least here in the U.S.

    School director sounds more like a title for some kind of specialized art/dance/music/craft school versus your basic elementary school.
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    Here in Britain we often use 'headmaster' or 'headmistress' in state schools as well as public schools, it is worth noting that in BrE public school is what we call a private fee paying school like Eaton or Harrow.

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    Re: difference between director and headmaster/principal

    A headmaster is defined as being a teacher ...
    There is nothing in that advertisement for a director requiring the applicant to be a teacher, and there are several indications that you don't need to be one to be a director.

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