ADES Report On Headteacher Recruitment

Report on research findings and the current challenges to Headteacher recruitment.

Executive Summary

In September 2015 Scottish Government commissioned the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland ( ADES) to report on the apparent reduction in the number of applicants for headteacher posts across Scotland and to outline improvements to remedy the situation.

Between September and December the review group consulted with over 80 headteachers and depute heads from 12 local authorities as well as representatives from each of the teacher associations, the Catholic Education Commission and the Scottish College for Educational Leadership ( SCEL).

This report summarises the key issues raised and makes recommendations concerning:

  • A national action plan
  • Career pathways and preparation for headship
  • Support for headteachers
  • Terms, conditions and incentives
  • Promoting the role of headteacher


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