At any school, a change of Head is one that requires careful management. It typically involves a transition period of at least 9-12 months, from the announcement of a Head’s intention to leave and a replacement taking up post.

Our research paper Managing a School Leadership Transition draws on interviews conducted with chairs of governors, as well as outgoing and incoming heads. The paper identifies the common challenges that schools experience and highlights recommendations for good practice, as well as flagging potential pitfalls.

“When handled well, the transition between one head and another should be a very positive experience for all concerned.”

The paper presents ten key questions and research for Chairs, Governors and Heads to consider before and throughout a headship transition.

“Managing a School Leadership Transition” report is now available as a free digital download. Complete the form below to access your copy.