State of Education survey report 2016 - Page 24

Headship as a career choice: what governors think Seven in 10 (70%) governors think the attractiveness of headship as a career choice has got worse over the past five years. A quarter of governors (25%) found it difficult to recruit a headteacher or other senior leader in the past 12 months and almost one in five (15%) is concerned about the recruitment of heads in the next 12-24 months. The majority of school governors in each case believe the demands of headship is the biggest obstacle to the national supply of headteachers and one of the biggest challenges to recruiting a new head in their own school. In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle to the national supply of headteachers? In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges to recruiting a new headteacher in your school? 42% Demands of the role 25% Quality of applications Impact of the role on personal wellbeing 21% Number of applications 19% N/A 19% 11% Demographics of the local area 10% Risk of failure 53% Demands of the role Impact of the role on personal wellbeing Risk of failure 17% 7% Perceptions of the role 5% Insufficient succession planning in school 5% Other 4% 9% School Ofsted grade 8% Perceptions of the role 7% School location 6% Salary Insufficient succession planning in school 5% School reputation 5% Other 5% Profile of the role in the media 3% School demographics Lack of development opportunities for middle leaders 3% Lack of development opportunities for middle leaders 3% 3% N/A - there is no obstacle 2% Profile of the role in the media Salary 2% School budget for advertising 4% 1% I think the great work heads do is rarely praised and appreciated. The focus is always on the negative. This needs to change if we are to attract and retain good calibre headteachers.” Governor 24 State of Education Survey 2016 | www.thekeysupport.com Find further comment at www.thekeysupport.com/blog