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‘Executive Search’ – a credible recruitment strategy that should offer value for money

As a leading executive search firm in education, Prime wishes to provide some balance to the discussion around executive search work and costs.  So, what is it that we want to say?  Well, firstly, executive search is now well established in the public sector and increasingly schools.  It used to be the domain of the private sector where headhunting (as it is often referred to) is an established method of finding new talent.  Essentially the concept is the same but with different perceptions.   In the private sector it might just be a phone call to identify a f

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The New Challenge – Recruiting a Deputy Headteacher

The conventional wisdom goes like this: Recruiting to headship is difficult due to the pressures of the role, small jump in salary (in some cases) and the career risk if the school does not perform. Recruiting to a deputy headship, on the other hand, is much easier because it is a senior role without the ultimate accountability of headship, the salary is good and the work is interesting.  The problem is that the savvy candidate gets to deputy headship and may not necessarily ever want to make the next step.

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How to write an effective recruitment advert

What’s the purpose of a recruitment ad? It’s to grab the attention of your ideal candidate and get them to find out more. That’s all it needs to do. It doesn’t need to tell the story of the school, how long the last headteacher was in post, or list every award ever won. It needs to be succinct and compel the candidate to find out more. Use this checklist to make sure you include all the key information candidates need. 

 

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Understanding emotional intelligence could better inform your selection

In such a highly introspective environment it is often the Head who contributes to the character of the school, encourages best practice and sets the standards for pupil welfare. Whether it is in the senior common room or the classroom, the Head needs to be professional, inspiring, and effective; without being closed off to the needs of those around them.

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Inducting your new Headteacher

All governors have a duty to ensure their newly hired heads go through a properly planned induction process. This does not begin on the new head’s first day, but the moment the appointment has been agreed. Where possible, the designate headteacher should be introduced to the existing head as early as is convenient to hear their thoughts on what is working and what could be improved.

Big decisions

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When statistics don't tell the full story

There are plenty of commentators telling us how difficult it is to recruit a school leader and each year EDS Vactrack data offers a neat state-of-the-market summary. This information tells us about the re-advertising rates for maintained schools seeking to appoint a new Headteacher. 

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Candidate Thinking Has Changed

Recently, I was at a final panel interview for an Executive Headteacher position.  Alongside me on the panel was another Executive Headteacher acting as an adviser. In one of the lulls between interviews we were discussing the state of the market: The Headteacher recruitment crisis, Headteacher recruitment agencies and headhunting headteachers in particular. The adviser expressed surprise not to have been approached regarding the position we were interviewing for. We’d known from early on that she was going to be on the panel so hadn’t considered her a viable candidate.

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How candidates think has changed.

Recently, I was at a final panel interview for an Executive Headteacher position.  Alongside me on the panel was another Executive Headteacher acting as an adviser. In one of the lulls between interviews we were discussing the state of the market: The Headteacher recruitment crisis, Headteacher recruitment agencies and headhunting headteachers in particular. The adviser expressed surprise not to have been approached regarding the position we were interviewing for. We’d known from early on that she was going to be on the panel so hadn’t considered her a viable candidate.

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Settle for the best in Independent Schools: misconceptions in leadership recruitment

The impassioned cry that we are ‘sleepwalking in to a recruitment crisis’ has echoed through the hustling corridors and boardrooms of independent schools throughout the UK. Whilst the HMC Teacher Training programme provides a valuable route into the teaching profession for the leaders of the future, we face a very real challenge now in senior leadership recruitment.

The realities of the market

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A Brief Perspective - The Role of a Chair of Governors

Bill Pollard is Chair of Governors at Putteridge High School in Luton, a position he has held for the last five years. In 2007, Bill received the Luton School Governor recognition award from Luton Borough Council for his ‘dedication, loyalty and commitment’ to the role. TES Prime interviewed Bill to gain an insight into what it was to be a Chair of a School Governing Body.
 
What were the main reasons for wanting to become a Chair of Governors?

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