Establishing who's the right fit for your school?

As one of the top jobs in education, having the correct school leader in place is critically important to your school and paramount to its success. Here's how smartSearch can help you find the right candidate.

Catherine McNally, Marketing

What To Consider To Recruit The Right Leader For Your School

Your school’s a thriving community, even a minor change can affect the school environment, so you need to take great care when making a big decision as to who is the right fit for your school. On appointment, you need to be positive you’re hiring the very best person for your school.

This person will be the driving force; he or she will need to personify all that’s good about your school and ensure its mission is upheld.

Although there’s no single model for achieving success, knowing the candidate can tailor their leadership strategies and their experience to your particular school context is vital. 

There’s also fundamental questions you need to consider before hiring a new leader:

  • What are the specific educational needs of your school?
  • What are your school’s strengths, and what are its areas for development? How might you use this opportunity to sustain your schools strengths and address the weaknesses?
  • What are the most important things your school will need to do over the next few years? What type of leader, or leadership structure, will best enable you to do this?

Finding the right fit for your school

Figuring out who the best person for your school is only half the battle, you now need to get a suitable shortlist of candidates to ensure the person you appoint is the best fit for the role you advertised.

In a major Tes and the National Governance Association (NGA) survey*, 38 per cent of governors said it was difficult to attract good candidates for headteacher teaching posts.

You don’t need to struggle on your own, smartSearch can help you to recruit the right leaders for your school.


We can support you to reach a candidate that will help your school flourish through:

Executive search:

Finding the right leader starts with a high- quality shortlist. Through our connections and network, we can reach suitable candidates, including those who may not actively be seeking a new opportunity.


Not sure how to go about finding your ideal candidates? We can advise you on the best strategy and provide you with a variety of advertising options for your specific role.

Recruitment support:

Pass on the administrative burden of recruitment to us so you can concentrate on running your school. From managing enquiries and applications, to shortlisting and interviewing, we can help.

*School Governance in 2018, September 2018.

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