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Preparation for headship: stepping up successfully

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This practical and insightful one-day course is designed for deputy headteachers to increase their knowledge and confidence to apply for a post of headteacher. It is also appropriate for current headteachers who are thinking of stepping up to a different headship in a different school (usually a larger school or one which offers a very different challenge).



Who should attend?




  1. Deputy headteachers, who seek an increase in their knowledge and skills,  and thus their confidence, to apply successfully for their first post of headteacher.
  2. Current headteachers wanting to take up a new headship.




The course has five components



  1. Knowing that this is the right job for you; am I the right person for this job, and is this the right job for me?
  2. How to write a compelling application that stands out. 
  3. How to shine at the interview and in the selection process.
  4. How to make a positive personal and organisational impact in those first 100 days. 
  5. How to move the school towards outstanding and beyond; building a team which rises to the challenges ahead.


Why attend?




The course will:





  • give you the confidence to seek that new/next headteacher role
  • help you understand what makes a successful headteacher
  • enable you, at interview, to play to your strengths in getting a headteacher post
  • enable you to successfully build the structures for both short-term and long-term success.





It will also teach you how to:




  • handle challenging situations, including the establishment of a calm and orderly school
  • work with and deal with parents and governors
  • master new skills such as managing resources and preparing a budget
  • manage time effectively
  • manage your Ofsted inspections.




As well as covering the five components in-depth the course will also give professional tips and advice on such matters as:




  • being meaningfully visible and having a strong presence
  • establishing a clear vision
  • obtaining quick wins, and initiating important slow fixes
  • making learning more engaging
  • reviewing the curriculum offer
  • building productive partnerships part one: building the “community of school”
  • building productive partnerships part two: building the “school in the community”
  • providing challenge and support
  • getting on top of the data
  • moving to, and beyond outstanding.









One day.




In-school, cluster and federation training is also available for this course and can be tailored to your needs. Please call us on +44 (0)1223 463757 for more details.





To find out more or to book a place




For more information or to book a place please call us on +44 (0) 1223 463757 or email us at




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  • Lots of opportunities to reflect on personal stance to the topics discussed. A good exploration of what to do next.
    Helen Phillip, Eton Park Junior School
  • We rarely have the time/give ourselves permission to spend quality time on this matter. We need to! (The trainer) has experience and this shone through. Fit the bill - exactly what I wanted from the course. Thank you.
    Kim Earle, Birkenhead High School Academy
  • It helped me take a look at what gaps I need to fill to progress to headship. (The tutor) was interesting and entertaining; he used his extensive experience to get the message across.
    Deputy Head, Moorside High School
  • The programme was clearly structured to support my next application, interview and first hundred days in post. I will use it in my next application to hopefully be successful.
    Assistant Head, Dale Primary School
  • Lots of opportunities to reflect on (my) personal stance to the topics discussed. A good exploration of what to do next.
    Helen Phillips, Deputy Head, Eton Park School
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