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Appointing a new headteacher or principal is the most important responsibility governors are required to undertake, and pivotal to the school or college’s success and influence.

Likewise, as schools and academies must deliver an effective, efficient, and sustainable business functionality, the appointment of a business leader is also a huge responsibility.

ASCL Professional Development offers a cost-effective Leadership Appointment Service (LAS) for headteachers and principals, and also business leaders. For both roles, the service includes:

  • analysis of school and role

  • professional applicant management

  • candidate assessment

  • post-appointment follow-up service

  • expert consultants (either serving or former school, college or business leaders) offering unparalleled support, expertise and experience

LAS can also include testing candidates in common scenarios as part of the interview process, together with psychometric testing.

LAS is available to all types of school and college: community, independent, foundation, trust, academies, free schools and colleges on a nationwide basis, and can operate in partnership with local authorities or the diocese, as appropriate.

In addition, ASCL can give greater exposure to your leadership vacancies by advertising them to all of our members.

To find out more please contact us on 0116 2991122 or email las@ascl.org.uk to discuss your needs directly.

Click on the links to find out more about each service.


All aspects of the support the consultant provided were invaluable. We would not have been able to make this important appointment with confidence in the underlying processes without their help. They were indispensable to us.