Staff & headteacher recruitment

  • Assistant headteacher: interview questions and tasks
    Cover everything you need to during the interview process with our example questions, with some specific to primary, secondary, special and faith schools. Understand what you can't ask in an interview and use our tasks document to see a candidate put their skills into practice.
  • Clerk to the governing board: interview questions
    Download and adapt our example interview questions and record sheet (based on the DfE's clerking competency framework), so you can recruit your next clerk/governance professional with confidence.
  • Deputy headteacher: interview questions
    Download and use our example interview questions and record sheet so you can feel confident that a candidate is a good fit for your school. Pick specific questions for primary, secondary, special and faith schools.
  • Governing board's role in appointing staff
    Understand the part your board plays in appointing headteachers, deputy headteachers and other members of staff in maintained schools and academies. Discover more about your safer recruitment responsibilities and how to remain strategic.
  • Headteacher recruitment: top tips for attracting candidates
    If your headteacher has just resigned (or intends to), it might feel as though there's no time to find any replacement, much less the perfect headteacher for your school. You've got time. Here's what to do now.
  • Headteacher recruitment: what to do if it's not going well
    Recruiting a headteacher is difficult, time-consuming, and it isn't always successful despite your best efforts. Here's some advice on how to start over if it's not going well and you can't turn it around.
  • Advertising for a headteacher vacancy: requirements
    Get up to speed on what you need to know about advertising for a new headteacher, including “good reasons” for not advertising at all.
  • Co-headship: guidance for governors
    Learn about what co-headship is and what you need to consider when deciding if it might be right for your school. Read about commonly used co-headship models and find pointers for long-term success.
  • Deputy headteachers: appointment and pay
    The process for appointing and setting pay for a deputy headteacher is nearly identical to that for a headteacher. Understand the step-by-step process for hiring new deputy heads, as well as how to pay acting deputy heads.