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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.

Thanks to our governance experts Fiona Stagg and Jill Wakefield for their advice on this article. 

Appointing headteachers and deputy headteachers 

The board of trustees has legal responsibility for selecting a headteacher, according to article 107 of the Department for Education's model articles of association. In multi-academy trusts (MATs), some responsibility may be delegated to local governing bodies (LGBs) in individual schools, or they might work alongside the trust board. 

Check your own articles of association, as they may differ. You should also check your scheme of delegation to see whether any recruitment functions are delegated to a LGB. 

During the headteacher/deputy headteacher recruitment process, your board will:

For more detailed information about what you'll do in each stage

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