Release date: 14/12/2017

Two new publications which will support governing boards in the effective recruitment of headteachers have been published. 

'Recruiting a headteacher', written by the Department for Education in association with the National Governance Association and other stakeholders, is non-statutory guidance produced to help with the recruitment and selection of headtecachers in England. It is designed to help governors and trustees make effective decisions when recruiting, and highlights the importance of professional recruitment practice in recruiting and selecting headteachers. It also identifies good practice, emphasises the need for fairness and transparency, and signposts to all related guidance. 

'Headteacher recruitment toolkit', developed by NGA to complement the guidance, offers practical support to governing boards including checklists, templates and suggested questions, and should be read in conjunction with the guidance.

Gillian Allcroft, Deputy Chief Executive at National Governance Association: "Having the right school leader in place is critically important for schools and the guide and toolkit provide a framework for governing boards to use during recruitment. It covers the key issues you need to consider, how to make sure your school stands out from the crowd and good practice on the nuts and bolts of the recruitment process to ensure that the candidate you appoint is the best fit for the role you advertised."

Claire Keetch, Head of Advice at National Governance Association commented: “As one of the three core responsibilities of governing boards, appointing the right person to the role of head teacher is paramount to the success of a school. Governing boards should think strategically about the appointment and how the new leader will ensure the school achieves it vision. Together, the DfE’s ‘recruiting a headteacher’ guidance and NGA’s ‘headteacher recruitment toolkit’ provide governing boards with information, practical advice and useful templates to help them make the best appointment.”

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