Head Start is a professional development programme designed to support your move into headship – from the moment you graduate from the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and throughout the first two years of your new role as a headteacher.
Head Start provides practical advice and support to enable you to become a highly effective headteacher early on in your new role, with the confidence and skills to be a great leader for your school.
Graduates of NPQH and new headteachers within the first two years of their initial headship.
Head Start gives you the opportunity to benefit from the support of coaches who are experienced headteachers through 20–30 hours of mentoring; share experiences with a network of other new headteachers through our online community; and continue to develop your leadership skills through online learning modules and online short courses suited to your context.
The programme is split into two phases, the first is open to NPQH graduates and is designed to help you find and secure your first headship. The second phase is to support newly appointed headteachers and will support you throughout the first two years of your new role. You can join Head Start at either the first or second phase as appropriate to your needs.
You will receive support until you have completed your first two years of headship.
Please see the Costs page for details.
What are the experiences of school leaders who lead urban schools, and how do they prepare for headship and the challenges ahead? Read our new piece of research to find out (member resource).