DfE guidance on recruiting a headteacher was written in partnership with NGA, supported by partners across the sector and published in 2017.

Download NGA and DfE recruiting a headteacher guidance

NGA toolkit

NGA’s headteacher recruitment toolkit accompanies this guidance. We use ‘headteacher’ throughout this guidance. NGA recognises that those responsible for leading a school or group of schools may have a different job title (principal, executive, senior executive leader). This guidance applies to all, irrespective of title.

Download NGA headteacher recruitment toolkit 2020 (PDF)

Download NGA headteacher recruitment toolkit 2020 (Microsoft Word)

The toolkit has been updated for 2020 to provide additional resources and guidance on the end-to-end recruitment process. The toolkit covers:

  • Aligning the recruitment process to vision and strategy (NEW for 2020)
  • Fair and inclusive recruitment
  • Support and specialist advice
  • Appointing a selection panel
  • Producing a job description and person specification - with templates
  • Producing an advertisement and application pack
  • Using the services of a recruitment agency
  • Recruiting virtually
  • Shortlisting – a step by step guide
  • Interview Questions
  • Reaching a decision (NEW for 2020)
  • Post appointment (NEW for 2020)

Further reading

Support and development from NGA

  • NGA's Learning Link offers flexible e-learning and feature a module on headteacher recruitment
  • NGA's team of knowledgeable and experienced governance consultants provide bespoke support for governing boards including external reviews of governance, mediation and facilitation of away days



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