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Are there examples of interview questions for a head of school? In this article, two of our associate education experts suggest questions you could ask candidates at interviews for the role of head of school. We also link to an article with possible interview tasks for a leadership post.

This article was written to support interviewers with writing questions, and is not intended to help interviewees prepare for an interview.

Preparing questions for head of school interviews

We asked our associate education expert Jacqueline Baker for some examples of suitable questions to ask candidates at interviews for the post of head of school. Jacqueline specialises in senior leadership recruitment.

Below we set out the questions she suggested. She said that these would be suitable for all school phases, but that you should adapt the questions to each school's specific circumstances.

Jacqueline added that if there are any internal candidates, it may be sensible to explore if they fully understand the pressures of an increase in authority, as well as the responsibilities involved in managing members of staff they have previously worked alongside.

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