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What should we avoid doing when recruiting a headteacher? This article relays tips from an education consultant, who sets out what to avoid during the headteacher recruitment process. The article also highlights guidance from the National College for School Leadership.

In this article, Jacqueline Baker, an education consultant who specialises in senior leadership recruitment, and one of our associate education experts, provides a series of tips on what to avoid during the process of recruiting a headteacher.

We also have an article looking at best practice guidance on recruiting a headteacher.

Before recruiting a headteacher 

Don’t forget to have a governor trained on safer recruitment in advance of the process Don’t forget to minute who is on the selection panel when this is decided at a governing board meeting Don’t have an even number of voting members on the selection panel. This avoids the need for a casting vote later Don't appoint a staff governor to the selection panel without carefully considering whether a conflict of interest exists Don’t avoid seeking input from the staff and school community on the type of new headteacher they would like Don’t underestimate the

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