The privilege and responsibility for the appointment of a Headteacher rests with the Governing Body. We recognise that the appointment of a Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher is amongst the most vital decisions a Governing Body must make, and believe it is essential that the Diocesan Director of Education or their representative i.e. the Diocesan Adviser linked to the school, be invited to attend and offer advice throughout the whole selection process. This includes attendance at meetings of the Governing Body at which the job description, person specification and job advertisements are agreed.
The guidance in this booklet is offered to help you through the process of recruiting and appointing a new Headteacher. It is based upon experience and the good practice demonstrated in the eight local authorities covering the Diocese of Chelmsford. It provides an outline step by step guide, a possible timeline, support in drafting adverts, interview questions, ideas for interview tasks and many more useful documents. For further advice please contact your linked School Adviser.