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 24 April 2024
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  1. Download our audit tool
  2. Focus your CPD on the areas you need to develop in

Download our audit tool

Assess your skills against the criteria for a successful assistant or deputy headteacher. You can use it to:

  • See if you're ready to make the jump to being an assistant or deputy headteacher
  • Assess how well you're performing in your current role

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 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 

Adapt the document to include any more areas of responsibility in your role, or the role you're applying for.

KeyDoc: assistant or deputy headteacher skills