What are the rules on advertising vacancies? At what scale do you need to advertise externally? What obligations do you have to shortlist candidates - can you ignore candidates who meet the person spec if you have a strong internal candidate or if their stregths do not compliment the current staff team? What feedback do you need to provide to unsuccessful cands? We are currently recruiting for a Children's Centre manager - and myself (Cof Govs) and the VC have been asked to include an internal cand who we were clear did not meet the ps and an external one who did, but had too much admin experience and would not complement the current team ..... our HT says we should interview the internal as CPD _ that's okay,and I support her motives here, but the 2nd addition is because she feels we are legally constrained (and the cand has very influential referees within the LA). She was called away from our shortlisting mtg to attend to a child prot matter, we gave her feedback and she agreed initially, but we agreed she needed to look over our decisions at home when her head was clearer.... I am happy to work with her on this recruitment plan - but her comments have highlighted a gap in my knowledge of the rules. Can you point me to a site on the internet where the guidance and expectations are very clear?