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.

Last reviewed on 19 April 2023
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  1. Flexible working can work for leadership positions
  2. Reasons you may consider co-headship
  3. Consider the possible pros and cons 
  4. Choose the best co-headship model for your school
  5. Questions to ask if you're considering co-headship
  6. Follow these pointers for long-term success

Flexible working can work for leadership positions

Headship is no exception.

Under The Education Act 2002, maintained schools must have a headteacher at all times. As long as the headship isn't left vacant for part of the week, this requirement can be met by 2 part-time contracts brought together to create a job share.

The Department for Education (DfE) encourages schools and multi-academy trusts to adopt a flexible working policy which responds to the needs of staff and employers.

Headship is often referred to as a lonely position, and some headteachers are finding a better work/life balance through flexible working arrangements that allow them to share the workload and accountability. See how 2 co-headteachers have developed a successful job share partnership at their school.

This is good news, because headteachers are stepping down at an increasing rate due to