Head of phase/department: interview questions and tasks

Use these recommended interview questions and tasks to help you select and appoint a head of department or phase, including heads of sixth form. You'll find both role-specific and safeguarding questions, tasks that test presentation and data analysis skills, and guidance on what to look for in good answers.

Last reviewed on 18 April 2023
School types: AllSchool phases: AllRef: 37366
  1. Create a bespoke interview pack that reflects the job description
  2. Choose from our list of interview questions
  3. Download and adapt our example tasks

Create a bespoke interview pack that reflects the job description

Heads of phase and department can vary widely from school to school, depending on:

  • The school's structure, context and needs
  • The responsibilities of the role

Use our interactive tool to create a bespoke interview pack tailored to the specific requirements of the role in your school. 

The tool allows you to choose questions and tasks tailored to the job description, and your pack would include guidance on:

  • What to look for in good answers
  • How to adapt and evaluate interview tasks

Choose from our list of interview questions

Download our pre-made interview sheet suitable for any head of phase or department post, including head of sixth form. You'll need to adapt it to suit the specific role and your school's context. 

Use this template during the interview to record the candidates' responses and score evidence.


The Key has taken great care in publishing this article. However, some of the article's content and information may come from or link to third party sources whose quality, relevance, accuracy, completeness, currency and reliability we do not guarantee. Accordingly, we will not be held liable for any use of or reliance placed on this article's content or the links or downloads it provides. This article may contain information sourced from public sector bodies and licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.