Contents. Introduction One of the most important functions a Governing Body will undertake is the appointment of a new Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. The quality of leadership provided by the person appointed will be crucial in determining the success of your school.
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One of the most important functions a Governing Body will undertake is the appointment of a new Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. The quality of leadership provided by the person appointed will be crucial in determining the success of your school.
“Evidence shows that the quality of leadership is the single most important factor under the Governing Body’s control in determining the success of a school”
At first the task of finding the right person for your school may seem a little daunting, however, Caerphilly Local Authority is committed to ensure that effective support and guidance is available to assist you throughout the Recruitment Process.
The recruitment of a Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher can take a number of months, it is therefore advisable to start planning the recruitment process as soon as a resignation letter has been received. (See resignation deadline dates). Adequate time will need to be built into the process for preparation, advertising, receipt & photocopying of application forms, short-listing, seeking and receiving references and interviews.
Deadline dates for resignations throughout the academic year.
There are three resignation deadlines throughout the academic year and these are listed overleaf. Headteachers, however, are required to give three months’ notice with an extra month’s notice during the summer term.
Headteachers are asked to provide a copy of their letter of resignation to the Chair of Governors and Director of Education. The Governing Body must ensure that the Local Authority has been notified of the vacancy in writing before taking any steps to advertise the post.
Once a resignation has been received the Governing Body should arrange a meeting of the Full Governing Body and a representative of the Director of Education to plan and agree the appointment process.
The selection process and related procedures must be conducted within the legal framework as defined in The Staffing of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2006 and (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2007.
The Governing Body must ensure that the appointment process is systematic, objective, transparent, fair and will stand up to rigorous scrutiny and any possible challenge. The whole process must comply with all anti-discrimination legislation and the Data Protection Act 1998.
Outgoing or Acting Headteachers/ Deputy Headteachers must not be involved in any way in the appointment of their successor, furthermore they must withdraw from any planned meetings of the Selection Panel.
The Director of Education or his/ her representative is entitled to be present throughout the appointment process to offer support and advise the Governing Body (this applies to both Community and Foundation schools). The decision on whom to appoint to Headship rests with the Governing Body, however, the Governing Body has a duty to consider the Director of Education’s advice before making a decision.
Any decision of the Selection Panel must be taken by a vote representing an absolute majority of all members of the Panel (whether or not taking part in the vote). In the event of a split vote the Chairman of the Panel will have a casting vote.
Where considered appropriate the Selection Panel will recommend to the Full Governing Body appointment of one of the candidates.
Constructive and helpful feedback to unsuccessful candidates is a very important aspect of the process. The Director’s representative can undertake this on behalf of the Governing Body. Many candidates choose to have immediate feedback, and this should be given if requested, but it is sometimes more useful to arrange a meeting or telephone call at some other time.
The Selection Panel recommends the appointment to the full Governing Body. The offer of appointment is ratified by the full Governing Body. (Meeting should be held immediately after the interview process).
Governing Body/Director receives written resignation.
With support from the Director’s Representative(s).
Governing Body confirms appointment.