The term ‘executive head’ is a loosely-used label applied in a number of different scenarios. First, it is important to note that the posts of executive head, associate head, head of school, etc, are not defined in legislation and are therefore unknown to the current statutory framework in maintained schools. The statutory framework recognises the posts of head teacher, deputy head teacher and assistant head teacher, in relation to the leadership group.
It is of concern, particularly in relation to deputy and assistant heads working within federations, that members are taking on duties and accountabilities that are outside their statutory professional responsibilities and are not appropriately recognised in their levels of pay. In addition, NAHT believes that some executive heads are assuming duties that are effectively placing them outside the current legislation, which may have consequences in relation to their pay and conditions.
This document sets out some of the possible issues.