Staffing structures: special schools

Read expert advice on reviewing your staffing structure, and see examples of structures from primary, secondary and all-through special schools.

Last reviewed on 22 February 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Identify your needs and what you want to achieve
  2. Carry out a staffing review
  3. Primary special school examples
  4. Secondary special school example
  5. All-through special school examples

Identify your needs and what you want to achieve

It's up to you to decide on the staffing structure that best fits your school's need, and there's no particular staffing structure for special schools. This was confirmed by Justin Philcox, principal of Fosse Way School in Bath and North East Somerset, and one of our associate education experts, Jenny Moss.

Jenny explained that there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to staffing structures, and that your structure will depend on:

  • The philosophy of your school
  • Its current needs
  • What you're trying to achieve through your staffing structure

Having fewer deputy headteachers and more assistant headteachers allows you to develop current middle leaders into senior leadership roles. This can help to build succession planning into a school’s