Services for Education recognises the challenges Head Teachers face on a day to day basis.
- Those new to headship are expected to know everything, and feel under great pressure from staff, governors, parents and wider stakeholders to demonstrate this from day one. Very few acknowledge that headship capability and expertise grow and develop over time, as with other jobs and roles.
- Local intelligence highlights new heads are often frustrated and reference the phrase ‘I wished I’d have known more about…personnel, health and safety, financial management ‘ and our programme addresses these needs directly, referencing real and relevant issues
- Multi-Academy Trusts often have their own leadership and management support structures, through CEOs, but if aspiring heads move out of their Trust and into a different school, with a smaller support structure, new heads can feel isolated
- It is known that professionals who are given the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to deliver their role, often do so with greater confidence, authority and success, and our new programme delivers this
- Professional networks give great benefit as a result of a common understanding and a common goal. By facilitating this, course delegates will be able to support each other, learn from each other, share experiences and provide an informal and professional support mechanism for course colleagues – knowing as new heads there is opportunity to work collaboratively to solve problems
- The Institute of Leadership and Management will provide a link to a wider set of professionals and resources, including coaching in year 2, providing a comprehensive resource tool and contact list to help those new to headship to understand and solve every day challenges
The six key themes will be revisited, based upon feedback from course participants, which will inform year 2 content.