Professional Development for Quality Teaching


Appointing a Deputy Head

Published: Jul 2020
5 mins


A advice from a team of former headteachers on how to conduct an interview to hire a deputy head teacher.

A panel of former headteachers discuss the key techniques needed to conduct a successful interview in response to a hypothetical request for help from a new head teacher.

The team have received an email from new head teacher, Sally, asking for their interview tips and advice for hiring a deputy head teacher.

The panel reflect on their own experiences of appointing a deputy over nearly 50 combined years of headship and consider how the head teacher can use the interview to ensure that they make the right decision with this crucial position in a school's leadership team.

The team consists of retired headteachers Alan Key and Colin Richardson, as well as Peter Laurence, a former head who is now development director at the Brigshaw Trust of eight schools.

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