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Headteacher Interview Pack

Headteacher Interview Pack

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Is your setting looking to recruit a new headteacher, principal, head of school or executive head? If you’re a chair of governors, a trustee or MAT leader looking for the right interview questions to ask a prospective headteacher, as well as interview tasks that will test their strengths and skills, this Headteacher Interview Pack is here to support you through 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 headteacher. This pack contains concise 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:

  • Concise 8-page Guidance PDF in full colour containing all the guidance, research and information you need.
  • 12 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  1. HeadteacherJob Role Description
  2. Headteacher Person Specification
  3. Headteacher Interview Questions
  4. Interview Task - Assembly and Collective Worship
  5. Interview Task - Budget Analysis
  6. Interview Task - Goldfish Bowl
  7. Interview Task - Handling a Formal Complaint
  8. Interview Task - Icebreaker and Meeting with Pupils
  9. Interview Task - In-Tray Exercise
  10. Interview Task - Lesson Observation
  11. Interview Task - Newsletter
  12. Interview Task - Presentation

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

While the pack is tailored towards appointing a new headteacher, it can be used to support the recruitment process for any similar role, such as an academy headteacher, a head of school, executive head or a school or college principal.

Who will find this resource useful?

Members of the governing body, trustees or senior leaders within multi-academy trusts who lead recruitment processes will find this time-saving pack useful. This pack is also helpful for aspiring headteachers wishing to develop their understanding of the interview process, or for currents heads who are looking to change schools.

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 headteacher who's going to be the best fit for your setting and lead it will skill, integrity and passion. Using 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 headteacher has the best possible start in your setting.

Key questions answered:

  • How could an interview day for a headteacher be structured?
  • What interview tasks could be used when recruiting a new headteacher, principal or head of school?
  • What interview questions could a new headteacher 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 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.