Headteacher selection panel: requirements and eligibility

Headteacher selection panels are required in maintained schools and recommended in academies. Understand who can be on the panel and how to keep all governors involved in the recruitment process.

Last reviewed on 21 July 2023
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  1. Statutory requirements
  2. Size of the panel
  3. Choosing governors to sit on the panel
  4. Involving governors who aren't on the panel
  5. The role of the outgoing headteacher

Statutory requirements

Academies There are no statutory requirements regarding headteacher recruitment that apply to academies. However, the Department for Education (DfE) says it's best practice to set up