Last reviewed on 27 October 2017
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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What interview questions could we ask primary deputy headteacher candidates? This article contains a downloadable KeyDoc interview record sheet with suggested questions for primary deputy headteachers and what to look for in responses. It also relays advice on making interview questions topical.

Downloadable questions and record sheet

We asked Bernard Abrams, one of our associate education experts, to provide a list of recruitment interview questions for a primary school deputy headteacher. Bernard is an education consultant and former headteacher.

We have set out these questions in a downloadable interview record sheet, with points on what to look for in the answers, space to record responses, and an evidence score.

There is also space at the end of the document to record marks for several anticipated ‘Key characteristics’. This may be linked with profiling conducted before the interview. Characteristics might include:

  • Evidence of leadership
  • Demeanour
  • Analytical thinking and ability to prioritise
  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Communication skills and articulation
  • Clarity and structures of answers
Deputy headteacher interview questions KeyDoc screenshot

You can download the KeyDoc below:

Interview questions

Why did you become a teacher, and what motivates you to remain in the teaching profession