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Read our summary of the Headteachers' Standards 2020 and how to use them.

Overview of the standards and how to use them

Like the 2015 version, the 2020 Headteachers' Standards are non-statutory.

The standards are divided into 2 sections (see below) and cover the full breadth of leadership responsibility within a school.

This means that for most headteachers in maintained schools or single academy trusts, all of the standards are expected to be relevant. It's also expected that some standards will be met through the successful leadership and management of teams and individuals within your schools.

Each headteacher and school should interpret the standards in their individual and school contexts (see more about different contexts below). 

The Headteachers' Standards build on the Teachers' Standards

Use the standards alongside the Teachers' Standards, which headteachers are expected to continue to meet. The Headteachers' Standards lays out how headteachers can meet both: 

  1. The requirements of the Teachers’ Standards, and
  2. The additional responsibilities of headship 

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