Recruitment: senior leaders

  • 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 and the safeguarding and equality requirements you need to comply with.
  • 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 headteacher: 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.
  • Headteacher absence: how to respond
    Know what your board needs to do if your headteacher is absent for a short-term or long-term period, for example if they're on sick leave. Download and adapt our template letter to communicate the situation to parents and carers.
  • Headteacher recruitment: an overview
    Read our step-by-step guide to recruiting a headteacher or principal, including advertising, shortlisting candidates, holding interviews and making the appointment.
  • Writing a reference for your headteacher
    Understand what’s expected of you if you receive a reference request for your headteacher. Find out whether you need to write a reference, who should write it and what it should cover.