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The revised Headteachers' Standards: An overview

The Headteachers’ Standards have recently been updated. National Leader of Education Helen Frostick reflects on the revisions and how the standards apply to leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic

The National Standards for School Leaders had been in place since 2015 and were originally written in 2004. However, recently they were subject to review by a commissioned panel. Additional attributes have been added and others revised. The renewed document was published in October (DfE, 2020).

The new standards recognise the high expectations of parents and the wider public and how headteachers can meet them. Although non-statutory, the standards form an important benchmark, not only for headteachers and those who hold headteachers to account, but also for those who train, develop and recruit them.

Education, we are told, is at the forefront of the government’s response to Covid-19 and it is an interesting time to reflect on how additional leadership responsibilities have arisen from leading and managing schools at this time of pandemic.

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