Primary school headteacher recruitment and selection in England: the processes and the problematic aspects

Chris James, Sarah Fitzgerald, Tom Fellows, Janet Goodall, Ioannis Costas Batlle, Jeff Jones

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Abstract

Appointing a headteacher in England is important but under-researched, hence the study reported here. We interviewed and surveyed chairs of governing boards that had recently undertaken the appointment process. Governing bodies follow broadly similar recruitment and selection processes, which have a number of problematic aspects: the unique nature of the context; the complexity of the processes; ensuring adequate recruitment; the processes are demanding, resource intensive, a considerable responsibility and difficult to organise especially when there are internal candidates; the skills required are specialised; engaging external expertise can be beneficial, but not without challenges; and the chair’s involvement is typically substantial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-495
Number of pages18
JournalSchool Leadership and Management
Volume39
Issue number5
Early online date9 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Headteacher recruitment
  • headteacher appointment
  • headteacher selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management

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