I was interested to read of the problems Dr Anthony Seldon had when trying to to move from an independent to a state school. ("State schools reject top head", TES, September 30).
Two education authorities rejected my application for primary headships, despite my having been a successful prep school head for 15 years. The reason they cited was that I don't possess the national professional qualification for headship (NPQH) nor was I registered for heads'
I was shortlisted for interview only when I pointed out to local education authority advisers that, under NPQH guidelines, those with at least five years' experience as a head in private school are exempt.
LEA advisers should be aware of the facts.
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