Assistant/deputy headteacher: skills audit

Whether you're applying for an assistant or deputy headteacher position or looking to progress and develop in the role, use our audit to assess your skills against the standards and identify any areas where you can improve.

Last reviewed on 20 October 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 9848
  1. Download our audit tool

Download our audit tool

Assess your skills against the criteria for a successful assistant or deputy headteacher. 

The DfE doesn't publish specific standards for members of the senior leadership team, so this audit tool is based on the Headteachers' standards, with the criteria tailored towards to assistant and deputy roles. It covers the following areas of responsibility, as set out in the standards: 

  • School culture 
  • Teaching 
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional needs 
  • Professional development 
  • Organisational management
  • School improvement 
  • Working in partnership 
  • Governance and accountability