National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers

These pages demonstrate how I am currently working towards meeting the new National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers. I have linked evidence and research to each of the sections.

The National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers (2014) define high standards which are applicable to all headteacher roles within a self-improving school system. These standards are designed to inspire public confidence in headteachers, raise aspirations, secure high academic standards in the nation’s schools, and empower the teaching profession. The context for headteachers changes constantly. In most contexts, a headteacher has led one school; in some settings headteachers are responsible for leading more than one school. Job titles are various – including principal, executive, associate and coheadteacher – as are the governance arrangements to which headteachers are accountable. These standards are intended as guidance to underpin best practice, whatever the particular job description of the headteacher. They are to be interpreted in the context of each individual headteacher and school, and designed to be relevant to all headteachers, irrespective of length of service in post. The standards can be used to: • shape headteachers’ own practice and professional development, within and beyond the school • inform the appraisal of headteachers • support the recruitment and appointment of headteachers • provide a framework for training middle and senior leaders, aspiring to headship. The Teachers’ Standards (2011, as amended), including the Personal and Professional Code of Conduct which applies to all teachers, provide a foundation upon which the standards for headteachers are built.

Download a copy of the National standards of excellence for headteachers

 The standards can be used to:

• shape headteachers’ own practice and professional development, within and beyond the school

• inform the appraisal of headteachers

• support the recruitment and appointment of headteachers

• provide a framework for training middle and senior leaders, aspiring to headship.

The Teachers’ Standards (2011, as amended), including the Personal and Professional Code of Conduct which applies to all teachers, provide a foundation upon which the standards for headteachers are built.

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