Headteacher: interview questions and tasks

Adapt and use these questions, record sheet and interview tasks, along with what to look for in a candidate's response, to help you select the best person for the headteacher position. They include questions specific to primary, secondary, special and faith schools.

Last reviewed on 15 November 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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Contents
  1. Choose from our list of interview questions 
  2. Download and adapt our example tasks 

Choose from our list of interview questions 

Here's a list of questions that are suitable for any headteacher post, plus tips for what to look for in a candidate's answers.

You'll find:

  • General questions for any school type
  • Tailored questions for primary, secondary, special and faith schools 

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

Adapt our questions to suit your school's context and the role

The list is not intended to be prescriptive or to give an exhaustive list of questions. Personalise it and add questions specific to: 

  • The role you're recruiting for
  • Your own setting
  • Any issues your school is facing  

Download and adapt our example tasks 

Download the tasks below and choose the ones that are most appropriate to the role you're hiring for:

In the download, you'll