Deputy headteacher: interview questions

Use these questions and tips on what to look for in candidates' answers to help you select the best person for a deputy headteacher role in your school.

Last reviewed on 1 July 2022
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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  1. Tailor your interview to reflect the job description
  2. Choose from our list of interview questions 
  3. Questions you’re not allowed to ask
  4. Interview tasks

Our associate education experts Bernard Abrams, Tony Cook, Trevor Bailey and Jenny Moss helped us to put this article together. 

Tailor your interview to reflect the job description

Use our interactive tool to help you create a bespoke interview pack that reflects the job description and your school's context and improvement priorities. 

For example, if your deputy head will lead on curriculum development across your school, you can select from a list of recommended questions and tasks designed to test their skills in this area.

If your deputy head doesn't have a specific leadership focus, you can use the list of questions below that are suitable for any deputy head role.

This list of interview questions is suitable for any deputy headteacher role. Adapt it to suit your school and use it during each interview to record the responses given and score evidence (you'll need one copy