The term 'executive head' is used to describe a variety of roles, including head teachers who are responsible and accountable for more than one school, either as a temporary or permanent arrangement, instead of there being a head teacher for each individual school; or head teachers who are responsible and accountable for the day-to-day management of their own schools but in addition provide a service to another school.
The term "executive director" is also used to describe a number of different roles such as an individual who is appointed across a number of schools, each of which has its own head teacher and governing body responsible and accountable for the day-to-day management of that school.
Because there is currently no common definition of "executive head" or "executive director", no figures are available on the numbers of posts that are being described in this way.
Following the School Teacher's Review Body's (STRB) recommendation that the Department should investigate and clarify the role and status of the various models of “executive head”, research has been commissioned to define and evaluate these models. The results of the research will feed into a future remit to the STRB which will focus on long term leadership pay arrangements that take full account of the emerging models of school leadership.
Interim changes were introduced into the STPCD from September 2009 to reflect emerging leadership models, including recognition for heads who become responsible for running more than one school either on a permanent or temporary basis. The provisions in the STPCD provide for employers to determine a salary for heads who take on responsibility for running more than one school that is above the top of the leadership pay spine (£109,658 in Inner London and £102,734 elsewhere). It is a matter for individual employers to determine the appropriate salary that takes account of the nature and challenge of the responsibilities associated with running more than one school.