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Handing over to acting headteacher

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by avenka, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. avenka

    avenka New commenter

    Leaving in Jan 2020 for a different type of work. Does anyone have any tips on how best to hand over the reins to my long serving deputy who will be acting headteacher when I leave? Any pitfalls to avoid?
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Making them feel that you assume they will carry on with the brilliant way you have been running the school :) They will want to change things.
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  3. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Make sure they have all the log-ins and passwords!
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  4. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    ...and important phone numbers...
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  5. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    To add to the important phone numbers just emphasise that if they have an issue whatever it is, pick up the phone and ask for advice whether it's legal, HR, child protection or simply another HT to chat with. I have found this crucial. Stopped me agonising for hours over what to do when there's someone on the phone who knows more than me. This has been especially useful with HR issues.
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  6. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Request the local authority or MAT (whichever applies) to identify an experienced and approachable local HT to act as mentor and supportive professional friend.

    When you leave - leave. What happens after you have gone ain't your concern!
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  7. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    When you leave - leave. What happens after you have gone ain't your concern!

    True .. but just saying - please contact me if you can't remember x y z can e useful too!
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  8. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Occasional commenter

    No pitfalls as such- just show them everything you can during the handover / transition process. Every Headteacher will have different leadership styles, so as a long standing experience Deputy Headteacher in that school, they will have ideas on what they want to change- it’s normal. I’m sure you did when you first started in the HT role. The governing body may also have new agendas that they want implementing.

    I’m retiring in December 2020, and ideally, my previous Deputy Headteacher was in the line of succession to replace me, however, they have already received their promotion to HT in another school. I promoted one of my AHTs to DHT but with only a year’s experience in that role, they won’t be ready to step up to HT when I leave, so there will no doubt be an external HT appointed, unless, of course, the CoG decides to appoint the current DHT to Acting Head.
    Who knows?

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