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  • Conducting senior leadership team recruitment interviews What is good practice for conducting senior leadership team interviews? We look at planning, arranging and conducting interviews and highlight techniques used for questioning. You can also download a Key Doc interview record sheet.
  • Holding an interview: your step-by-step guide Know the rules and best practice for organising interviews for any role. Learn about who should sit on the panel, how to prepare your questions and how to avoid falling foul with anti-discrimination law.
  • Interview lessons in recruitment: advice Is there advice on sample interview lessons? We relay guidance from One Education and our associate education experts on choosing the location and class and setting the task, and on what to look for in interview lessons.
  • Interview lessons: observation forms Are there examples of forms for evaluating sample lessons? This article looks at forms for observing and evaluating sample lessons delivered by candidates for teaching posts. It also links to another of our articles, with advice on what to look for in sample lessons.
  • Recruitment interview record sheets and response scoring systems Use our downloadable interview record sheet to set out your questions and candidates' responses when you're interviewing for school staff. You'll also find examples of response scoring systems.
  • Reference request forms for school staff Are there any reference request forms for school staff? This article has a downloadable KeyDoc template for a reference request form, which we worked with one of our associate experts to produce, as well as an example from a school. It also points to further articles from The Key.
  • Reference request templates for volunteers Is there a reference request form for volunteers? We have worked with one of our associate education experts to create 3 downloadable KeyDoc templates that you can use to gain references for volunteers. We also link to an article with advice on seeking references for volunteers.
  • Seeking references for school staff Understand how to seek references appropriately. We explain what is set out in statutory guidance, how to make reference requests and what information to ask for.
  • Seeking references for volunteers You should seek references for volunteers, to help check their suitability to volunteer in your school. Read on for advice on recruitment procedures for volunteers and dealing with difficulties obtaining references, and to see how some schools approach references for volunteers.
  • Shortlisting candidates: template and guidance Download our shortlisting template to help you identify which candidates to invite for interview. Find out how to make sure your process is fair and that you shortlist the right people.
  • Unsuccessful job applicants: template letters Are there templates for letters to unsuccessful job applicants? We point to sample letters produced by local authorities for their schools to inform applicants they have been unsuccessful at the shortlisting and post-interview stages. We also link to an example from a multi-academy trust.