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Head Teachers: Recruitment

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department takes to ensure that the functioning of schools is not affected by the process of recruiting new headteachers. (254889)

The head teacher vacancy rate remains low and stable, and no school is without a head, as there will always be an acting head in place. However, we do know that some schools in some areas find it more difficult than others to recruit heads. We have invested £30 million in the National College for School Leadership’s (NCSL) succession planning work, which is helping local authorities and schools to develop local solutions to find, develop and retain great school leaders. The NCSL is also developing new accelerated leadership provision, designed to allow those with the necessary skills to move rapidly to headship.