Steve Iredale is new National Association of Head Teachers president
A head teacher from Barnsley is to become president of the trade union which represents his profession.
Steve Iredale, from Athersley South Primary School, will begin his role as leader of the National Association of Head Teachers next month.
Mr Iredale said he would use his time to show the government a "better way of working" and would seek to build trust.
He wants to tackle issues including concerns with Ofsted, academies and pay and conditions.
Mr Iredale said: "The bulk of the work will be working with the government and the department in London, trying to persuade them that perhaps their current policies need some re-examination.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge of trying to help government understand that there is a better way.
'Get this right'
"The better way is actually working with us to find that route forward.
"Our job is children. We can't afford to damage children's lives. They have one chance and we have to get this right."
The National Association of Head Teachers is an independent trade union representing more than 28,500 members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Its members come from primary and secondary schools as well as sixth form and further education colleges.