NGA and DfE guidance

NGA's guidance on recruiting a headteacher is written in partnership with the Department for Education, and supported by partners across the sector. It sets out the expectations on boards throughout the executive leader recruitment process, including legal obligations. This guidance is relevant to all executive leader appointments, even if the title of 'headteacher' is not used in your setting. 

Download NGA and DfE recruiting a headteacher guidance

NGA toolkit

NGA’s executive leader recruitment toolkit compliments this guidance, with additional resources, templates and checklists.

Download NGA executive leader recruitment toolkit (PDF)

Download NGA executive leader recruitment toolkit (MS Word)

We use the term ‘executive leader’ throughout this toolkit to refer to:

  • headteachers or heads of schools
  • executive headteachers or executive principals
  • chief executive officers (CEOs)

The guidance is suitable for all types of school and governance structure.

The toolkit covers:

  • Aligning the recruitment process to vision and strategy 
  • 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
  • Post appointment

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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