There are timescales for the appointment process due to resignation deadlines for staff at their current schools, if they were successful is securing a position at another school. Information about this is detailed in The Burgundy Book.
Headteachers need to give the following notice:
30 September to end contract on 31 December
31 January to end contract by 30 April
30 April to end contract by 31 August
All other teachers need to give the following notice:
31 October to end contract on 31 December
28 February to end contract by 30 April
31 May to end contract by 31 August
If these timescales were not adhered to, the school may be faced with a longer period without the senior member of staff in place, however, the timescales for the appointment process is a decision that the governing body makes. That said, staff leaving times can sometimes be negotiated with the governing body of their own school.
Writing the advert and job specification for the role is crucial to attract good candidates, as well as preparing the application pack which should contain contextual information about the school and its vision.
Governors Cymru Services has a guide on the appointment of headteachers and deputy headteachers which includes information on the advert, the job specification and the application pack.
01443 844532 / 029 2075 3685
Sam MacNamara – 07943 887275 / Jane Morris – 07957 969708