The National Standards for Headteachers provide a framework for the role of headteacher. Set out in six, interdependent areas, the standards identify the knowledge requirements and professional qualities headteachers bring to the role.

The standards were revised in 2004 to reflect the changing role of the headteachers as well as factors such as information and communications technology (ICT) and collaboration with others in the community. They were set out in the following areas:

This publication has been archived on the Department for Education website. It has been made available for reference use but should not be considered to reflect current policy or guidance.

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