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Last reviewed on 30 October 2017
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Is there guidance on the role of an executive headteacher? This article looks at when an executive headteacher might be appointed and what the role involves. You will also find advice for new executive headteachers.

Purpose of role

Executive headteacher appointments are made for a variety of reasons, and the role depends on the particular situation of the schools being managed.

For example, an executive headteacher might be appointed where:

  • A school is failing or underperforming
  • A school has failed to recruit a headteacher or is at risk of closure unless it teams up with another school or schools
  • Schools in a locality or town want to adopt a broad-based multi-agency approach to education and child development
  • Schools decide to form a partnership or federation focused on improving teaching and learning through shared professional and curriculum development
  • A school trust or academy sponsor decides to develop a group or chain of schools

The report gives examples of responsibilities that

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