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Executive headship – practical guidance for leadership teams

10 March 2017

A new practical guide for schools on Executive Headship has been published today by the National Foundation for Educational Research and Leadership Matters.

Based on research conducted by NFER, Ambition School Leadership (formerly The Future Leaders Trust) and the National Governors’ Association called: Executive headteachers: What's in a name? the guide provides a summary of the executive headteacher (EHT) role, with practical questions and exemplar role descriptors to consider when creating the position. The findings of the research have been re-purposed by education expert Andy Buck to help leadership teams when they are considering EHT roles and associated structures.

The resource comprises three parts:

Head of Impact at NFER, Karen Wespieser, commented: “ Our research shows that the EHT role may vary depending on the size and scale of the position as well as its specific purpose, so our practical guide provides schools and senior leadership teams with some key steps in creating the role in their school.”

The practical guide can be downloaded here.


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