Headteacher induction and appraisal – the role of the board
Induction governor or trustee
It is recommended that a governor or trustee is nominated to oversee the new headteacher’s induction. Ideally this should be someone other than the chair; and a governor or trustee who will be involved in the headteacher’s performance management.
Responsibilities of the induction governor or trustee are to ensure that:
- The new headteacher has regular meetings with the induction governor or trustee (once each half-term would be appropriate) to review and if necessary amend the induction programme or discuss and address any concerns
- An appropriate budget is identified to support effective induction
- The headteacher has access to the leadership and management time, dedicated headship time and PPA as appropriate for their role
- That mandatory training, for example in Safer Recruitment and Child Protection is planned and undertaken
- The headteacher is networking with local schools, community bodies and wider partnerships
- Performance management objectives for the headteacher are in place and the induction programme is addressing professional development needs
- Consideration is given to the work-life balance of the new headteacher
- The governing board receives a termly report on the new headteacher’s induction.
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