Interviewing for Headship Training Course

Why we designed this course

High calibre, experienced deputy heads sometimes fail to do themselves justice when faced with a governor selection panel.

At RSAcademics we have pooled our experience as governors, heads, recruitment consultants and leadership development specialists to consider why this is and see how we can help you best demonstrate your ability at interview – including the less tangible or personal aspects of interviewing which often influence the impressions made.

“The format for the day provided a perfect balance of tips for success with the challenge of presenting to camera under the scrutiny of peers and mentors.”

What we cover

It’s an intensive one-day course packed with practical information and realistic interview practice.

Highlights include:

  • Insights into governing body selection panels
  • Feedback on your written application
  • Mock panel interview and presentation
  • Examples of good interview practice demonstrated by recently appointed heads
  • Analysing leadership presence, authenticity and personal impact
  • Practical and specific advice covering all stages of the selection process
  • The difficult parts – understanding where candidates often fall down
  • 1:1 detailed personal feedback
  • Participating as part of an interview panel, observing and giving feedback to other delegates
  • A video of your presentation and interview for self-reflection
  • Questions and discussions with experienced recruiters who have managed numerous headship selections at a wide range of schools
  • Ad hoc follow-up advice as needed.


Our trainers

Each course is led by two trainers – Sarah Evans or Andrea Berkeley with Barry Speirs.


Who should attend?

A typical participant is at deputy head level and has started applying for headships – someone who will become a successful head, but is not yet successful at interviewing!  Numbers on each course are restricted to a maximum of six to ensure we are able to provide individual support.


“I felt that it was one of the best days away from school I have had and so much more helpful than I had imagined possible.”



We will run the course online for the foreseeable future, scheduled over two half days.

  • First half-day: information and advice
  • Second half-day: Interview practice

As well as following social distancing guidelines, this should make it easier to fit with individuals’ availability and open it up to participants from further afield.

Operating online will save on venue hire and enable a reduced rate of £450 plus VAT, (our usual course is £700).


“Your training taught me so much about myself and how I come across and it made a massive difference to my confidence going into the interview process.”


What to do next

Please register your interest by completing the form below. Barry Speirs will then get in touch to discuss your participation and availability.

In the meantime, you can also download course information and read additional comments from recent participants.

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