On being a governor and recruiting headteachers

On being a governor

The first time I was involved in recruiting a head I was optimistic and excited at the prospect of being involved in making what should have been a defining appointment for the school.  We were lucky and had a good team of governors with plenty of experience of recruitment from other worlds, and it felt like we were ahead of the game with the process.

And what a process it is.  The notice period seems endless, there’s an expectation of multiple consultations with stakeholders, there are torturous discussions about the design of the recruitment tasks, there is support from local authority staff who may know about school improvement but who don’t know about recruitment, there’s earth shatteringly expensive ads, there’s time consuming debates about information packs and on and on it goes. 

I’ve done this a fair few times now and each time have found the whole business to be…

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