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Dear Clare - Small School Dilemma

Discussion in 'Governors' started by yawnthepost, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. If, because of a falling role, a three teacher school has to shrink to a two teacher school, and, at the same time, the head decides to retire, is there any option for the governors other than to appoint one of the remaining staff as an acting head? (neither has NPQH).
     
  2. If, because of a falling role, a three teacher school has to shrink to a two teacher school, and, at the same time, the head decides to retire, is there any option for the governors other than to appoint one of the remaining staff as an acting head? (neither has NPQH).
     
  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Lead commenter Forum guide

    Unless the current head is going to retire before the governors have the chance to appoint a new pemanent head there's no reason why an Acting HT should be appointd at all. It's one of the two class teacher posts which is being made redundant, not the the head's post. There's no obvious reason why a teacher made redundant should be given the entirely different post of headteacher - do either of them have the necessary skills and experience to be an Acting HT?. An Acting HT is by it's very nature only a short term post so it would only defer briefly the appointment of a permanent head, which neither of the class taechers would be eligible to appply for as they don't have NPQH.

    I'd imagine the governors would be considering other options - federation, shared headship with another school, etc.
     
  4. You do not say whether the remaining teachers do not have NPQH because they have lacked the opportunity to obtain it, or because they are not interested in being a headteacher. If the latter is the case then they may not wish to take on an acting role.
    The other options you could consider are looking to neighbouring schools for the possibility of sharing an executive headteacher. If you have not already done so it is worth having a conversation with your local authority and/or diocese (if you are a faith school) and seeking their input. The National College also has information for governors about headteacher recruitment which can be found via the attached link - http://www.nationalcollege.org.uk/index/leadershiplibrary/leadingschools/toolkit-for-governors.htm

     

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