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.

Last reviewed on 6 June 2022
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School types: Maintained · School phases: All
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  1. See our model job description and person specification
  2. Appoint a selection panel
  3. Follow the process
  4. Set the pay for the role
  5. Setting pay for new appointments: 3-stage process
  6. How to pay acting deputy heads

Thanks to our associate governance experts Jacqueline Baker and Hayley James for their advice for this article.

See our model job description and person specification

Use it to get an idea of what a deputy headteacher role involves, and what you're looking for in the recruitment process.

You could share this document with your school leaders if they don't already have one, as a starting point for them to adapt. 

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Appoint a selection panel

Maintained school governors are responsible for recruiting a new deputy headteacher, and must:

In academies, trustees determine the recruitment process. It’s good practice (see page 19) to set up a panel, and for at least 1