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5th December 2019

Deputy & Assistant Head Interview Questions

Being interviewed for a new teaching position is an intimidating prospect for everyone, whether you’re an established teacher or an NQT looking for your first full-time teaching position, but interviews can be extra daunting when you’re going for a Deputy Head role. 

While nerves are to be expected, feeling as prepared as possible can help you put some of your anxieties to rest. Our expert education consultants have a whopping 300+ years of experience in the education sector between them, so we’ve gathered some of the most-asked Deputy Head interview questions for you.

These questions need to be unique to your teaching style and school, so while we can offer advice, your best strategy when preparing for your interview questions is to practice them – with a friend or family member – so that you know how you want to sell your self, and what your strengths are. (This will come in handy for any questions they throw at you!)

  1. How will you establish yourself as Deputy Head in your first term in post?
  2. Which aspects of the role will be your strength, and which do you think will be more challenging?
  3. Can you provide an example of a time you have facilitated change?
  4. What is your vision for the school?
  5. Please provide an example of how you have helped a colleague with their teaching?
  6. Based on your knowledge of the school, what are the key areas for development?
  7. How would you deal with a member of staff who was resistant to change?
  8. How would you describe your management style?
  9. What decisions do you find difficult?
  10. What do you think is the ideal management team within a school?

Moving on up

If you’ve mastered the questions above, here are two things you can do to take your teaching career to the next level: 

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