The Headteachers’ Standards 2020
The standards are non-statutory, so you should interpret them in your individual school’s context. The 2020 standards are the most recent version.
They're split into 2 sections:
- Section 1 covers ethics and professional conduct
- Section 2 lays out 10 standards across 3 ‘domains’ – culture and ethos, curriculum and teaching, and organisational effectiveness
You can read a full summary of the standards in our other article.
Note: there are separate, statutory standards for Wales – for more information, see the last section in this article.
Use the Headteachers' Standards as benchmarks
Non-statutory DfE guidance sets out that, while the standards are not a ‘checklist’, you should be able to demonstrate how your performance fulfils the standards.
You can download and use our Headteachers' Standards 2020 self-assessment tool to consider performance against the standards, and highlight areas where there’s room for improvement.
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