Headteacher recruitment

This page contains all information about the headteacher recruitment process.

All schools except academies must notify us of the Headteacher’s resignation as soon as possible by contacting Governor Services at governorservices@oxfordshire.gov.uk and School Improvement at schoolimprovementteam@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Support for recruiting a new Headteacher

Governing bodies are reminded that School Improvement provide support for both maintained schools and academies when recruiting a new Headteacher.

  • The council will provide/commission attendance at Headteacher interviews in maintained schools free of charge to schools. This may be an attendee from a partner organisation. All maintained schools must have LA representation on the appointment panel.
  • In addition, schools can buy professional support and advice for the governing body’s appointment panel during shortlisting and interviewing. Please contact Governor Services for further information regarding this.
  • From September 2018 our Governor Training package will offer new training on Headteacher Recruitment.
  • It is possible to buy-in bespoke governor training to ensure there is a shared understanding of governors’ statutory duties and to provide advice about the whole recruitment process. As well as all appointment panel members, we strongly recommend that other governors attend this session, so that governors understand what they are delegating to the panel. Please contact Governor Services for further information regarding this.

As it is essential to make the most of the short time between receiving notice from your current head and the desired start date for your new appointment, we strongly suggest that governing bodies should notify us as soon as they are aware of the impending vacancy.

The link below gives information to help governors and trustees make effective decisions when recruiting and selecting head teachers and other school leaders. We recommend that you use the DfE guidance and the tool kit below throughout the recruitment process. These were produced in conjunction with the NGA.