There's a lot of complicated background to this but the main thing I want to understand relates to interviewing internal and external candidates. If interviewing for a new headteacher and the process includes an observation, assembly, learning walk, safeguarding task, improvement plan task and book scrutiny is it really a fair process if one candidate already works at the school. Not only has the internal candidate got an in depth knowledge of what the interview day will include, they are used to leading assemblies and know the school improvement plan inside out. Also, this is the second round of interviews as no one was appointed originally so the internal candidate (who didn't apply first time) knows what the first candidates did and what factors were key in making the decision not to appoint. It just doesn't seem right but may be normal practise with internal candidates and explain why they are so often appointed.