We have a wide range of solutions for your recruitment and interim Headteacher needs. Providing clear and informed guidance and rapid and effective response just when you need it most.


  • Have you suddenly found your school is unexpectedly without a Headteacher?
  • Does your Acting Headteacher need an experienced ‘hand’ to help?
  • Do you want support in recruiting an excellent new Headteacher?
  • Are you aware of the range of alternative effective solutions some schools use when recruiting of new Headteacher is proving problematic?

BEP is lucky enough to hold a cadre of experienced Headteachers who are able to do long and short term interim support, both full time and part time.  All are quality assured through BEP processes and BEP can broker this support without schools having to go through supply agencies and end up with high daily rate costs.We also have highly experienced former Headteachers fully trained in the recruitment of Senior Leaders able to support Governors with the substantive Headteacher recruitment process, who as National Leaders in Education bring a wealth of educational understanding to support Governors in making the most important of all leadership decisions.

We offer:

A skilled and experienced external consultant to advise the Governing body throughout the process for appointing a new Headteacher/Executive Headteacher.

Framework of Support

Phase 1

  • Defining the role
  • Shaping and placing the advertisement
  • Determination of Governors selection panel
  • Personalisation of job descriptions and person specification, which meet the National standards for Excellence for Headteachers
  • Determination of salary range
  • Preparation of recruitment pack
  • Establishing the selection timeframe

Phase 2 – Shortlisting

  • The shortlisting meeting
  • References
  • Determining the programme for selection and interview activities and questions

Phase 3 – Interview process

  • Identity check
  • Interview Questions
  • Attendance on panel interviews and final selection process
  • Offer and acceptance


  • Appointments based on a clear and fair selection process which promotes equality of opportunity
  • A rigorous process which meets the requirements of Governors and the statutory processes
  • Governance which is able to demonstrate they will hold the Headteacher to account, via the job description and person specification which meet the Standards for Excellence for headteachers

Where BEP are unable to assist with recruitment of Senior Leaders and Teaching Staff, Smile Education and SLT Recruitment can help.

​Smile don’t just place teachers and support staff into schools but are passionate about finding the very best staff for our schools and the perfect job for their teachers.

SLT are happy to be working in partnership with BEP to provide a confidential support network for the senior leaders who are looking for a move and an effective, proactive and ethical service to schools looking for a leader. We also offer BEP Enhanced Members special reductions on fees and charges so we can help in a cost effective way. 

For BEP Enhanced Members, a 5% discount on permanent placement fees for permanent recruitment of senior leadership staff is available with SLT Education Recruitment.

For more information about support for recruitment

Please contact Sharon Simpson at or call 0121 285 0924

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