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 most recent 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 research paper presents 10 key questions and research for chairs, governors and heads to consider before and throughout a headship transition.