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Last reviewed on 11 October 2021
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Find out which roles you're required to advertise for under staffing regulations for maintained schools, and get up to speed on the expectations in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 for what to include in your job advert.

The governing board has overall responsibility for staffing. In practice, this is often delegated to the headteacher. The exceptions are headteacher and deputy headteacher posts, which can't be delegated.

Check which roles you're required to advertise for 

Headteachers and deputy headteachers

For a headteacher or deputy headteacher vacancy, the governing board must:

  • Advertise the post as appropriate - find out what's considered 'appropriate' in the DfE's 'recruiting a headteacher' guidance (see page 24)
  • Notify the local authority (LA) in writing of the vacancy
  • Appoint a selection panel who will recommend an appointment to the governing board for approval 

We offer guidance for your governors on how to recruit and appoint senior leaders on our sister service, The Key for School Governors. If your school isn't already a member, start

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