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Assistant and Deputy Headteacher Interview Pack

Assistant and Deputy Headteacher Interview Pack

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Looking to recruit a new assistant or deputy headteacher? Whether you’re wondering what questions to ask at interview or what interview tasks are going to allow candidates to show you their skills and knowledge to best effect, this Assistant and Deputy Headteacher Interview Pack can support you throughout the process.

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What's included in this bundle?

A pack with accompanying templates to help your school setting plan and prepare the interview day, including interview questions and tasks, when recruiting a new AHT, DHT, or senior leader undertaking a similar position. This pack contains shortened guidance that allows you to consider the setup of the interview day itself, but if you're new to recruitment or want to ensure the entire recruitment process is smooth, you may find it help to purchase the Recruitment, Interview and Employment Compliance Guidance Pack alongside this interview pack.

When you make your purchase, you'll receive a ZIP file containing the whole pack, including:

  •  A concise 8-page Guidance PDF in full colour containing all the guidance, research and information you need.
  • low-colour, print-friendly version of the same PDF.
  • 14 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  1. Assistant and Deputy Headteacher Interview Questions
  2. Assistant Headteacher Job Role Description
  3. Assistant Headteacher Person Specification
  4. Deputy Headteacher Job Role Description
  5. Deputy Headteacher Person Specification
  6. Interview Task - Action Planning
  7. Interview Task - Leading an Assembly
  8. Interview Task - Curriculum Planning
  9. Interview Task - Data Analysis
  10. Interview Task - Goldfish Bowl
  11. Interview Task - In-Tray Exercise
  12. Interview Task - Lesson Observation
  13. Interview Task - Meeting With Pupils
  14. Interview Task - Presentation 

Included in this assistant and deputy head interview pack are nine different editable interview tasks plus a wide variety of example interview questions so you can find a brilliant deputy or assistant headteacher for your school or academy trust. The job description and person specification will also support you in advertising for a new senior lead so you can attract the right candidates. Use these, alongside the interview tasks and deputy and assistant head interview questions to create a recruitment package that's tailored to exactly what your school is looking for in a new SLT member.

While the pack is tailored towards appointing a new assistant or deputy head, it can be used to support the recruitment process for any similar school senior leadership role, such as a vice principal, assistant principal, director of a certain school area (e.g. director of learning, curriculum, quality of education, behaviour, pastoral, SEND, inclusion, etc.), or any other similar role where a senior leader holds responsibility for a large area of school life.

Who will find this resource useful?

Headteachers, trust leaders, members of the governing body and trustees who lead recruitment processes will find this pack useful in finding a new AHT or DHT. This pack is also useful for aspiring assistant and deputy headteachers wishing to develop their understanding of the interview process or prepare for an interview themselves.

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Planning and leading an effective recruitment process ensures you've put your school in the best position possible to recruit a new senior leader who's going to support school improvement and development, raise pupil attainment and outcomes, line manager others, deputise for the headteacher and much more. Utilisting carefully selected interview questions and tasks will help to ensure this is a positive experience for both those on the panel and those applying for the role, meaning your new assistant or deputy head has the best possible start in your setting.

Key questions answered:

  • How could an interview day for recruiting a deputy or assistant head be structured?
  • What interview tasks could be used when recruiting a new assistant or deputy headteacher?
  • What interview questions could an assistant or deputy head be asked during the interview process?
  • Where can I access more support on the recruitment and post-recruitment process?

What else can help me?

If you're looking for support with the recruitment or staff induction processes, we've got multiple packs available to help you. Best of all, you can get 20% off each item if you buy 3 or more resources about recruitment and induction, so why not see what's available?

If you're new to the recruitment process or are looking to build your understanding of how to tackle recruitment through each stage of the process, including advertising, shortlisting, interviewing, pre-employment and employment compliance, then you'll find the following pack useful.

If you're looking to recruit for multiple school roles, you may find the following packs supportive to help you plan interview days for those roles too:

To support your new staff member with induction into your setting, why not have a look at the following help guidance pack:

To provide meaningful professional development from the beginning of your new staff member's employment, skills audits are a valuable way to amplify the induction process, identify CPD opportunities and support the appraisal process.

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Jess Rice
Got the job!

Used this to prepare for my DHT interview and the questions I was asked were so similar. Made me feel confident and I'm so excited to start my new role!