Recruitment & Selection

Good recruitment is vital for every school - finding the right people for the right roles at the right time. It ensures that the workforce has the relevant skills and abilities for the school's current and future needs. Effective recruitment is not just about filling an immediate vacancy but about having an impact on longer-term issues, such as future skills development and school performance.

Protecting our learners and vulnerable adults is a fundamental principle for the region. ERW - as well as its constituent Local Authorities and schools - have a key role to play if we are to ensure that all children and young people are safe and secure whist in education. Protecting learners and vulnerable adults from abuse is a shared responsibility for all staff. It should never be assumed that somebody else will recognise and report when children or vulnerable adults are at risk. In order to support this principle, it is crucial that all schools follow their Local Authority’s requirements in relation to Safer Recruitment practices. This page features useful guidance documents to assist school leaders and governors with recruitment and selection processes.

For more detailed advice, please contact your Local Authority’s HR Team in the usual way.

Guidance Documents:

Governors Wales – Fact File on the NPQH

Governors Wales – Guide to Appointing Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers

Guidance note - Job descriptions

Guidance note - Selection methods

Summary of Recruitment Process

Recruitment and Selection: frequently asked questions


Template Documents

Model Headteacher Job description

Model Assistant Headteacher Job description

Model Deputy Headteacher Job desciption

Model Teacher Job description


Relevant Legislation:

The Staffing of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2006

The Staffing of Maintained Schools (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2014

The Government of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005

Local Authorites Swansea-Abertawe Neath Port Talbot - Castell Nedd Port-Talbot Ceredigion Carmarthenshire - Sir Gaerfyrddin Pembrokeshire-Sir Benfro Powys

ERW is an alliance of 6 local authorities governed by a legally constituted joint committee. Its aim is to implement the agreed regional strategy and business plan to support school improvement.