Early Headship Coaching Offer


"This is an invaluable opportunity that offers new headteachers access to support and allows them to build on their NPQH at a crucial time in their new headship journey." 
Karen Taylor-Paul – Director of Alban Teaching School Hub

Early Headship Coaching Offer for New Headteachers

The Early Headship Offer for headteachers provides a peer network, one-to-one coaching and access to the latest research on school leadership to support each participant through the challenges of their first five years in a headship role.

Participants receive coaching from a leadership coach who will help to address and overcome challenges being faced by the school. Our leadership coaches are experienced and well placed to offer insights into early headship.

"Evidence shows that support is more effective when tailored to the needs and context of the Headteacher’’
DfE, 2020

Outstanding Leaders Partnership is a DfE accredited national provider of the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Our rich library of headteacher resources,  are made up of the latest research into school leadership. These also include podcasts, practice pieces and build on the ten priority areas of content for the NPQH and the Headteachers' Standards (2020). Having access to these resources will enrich the course as they are specifically focused on those in headship.

Our programme is tailored to the needs of the individual participant. Participants choose a preferred pathway with access to elements from the areas below:

  • 1 – Coaching conversations (one to one and/or small group)
  • 2 – Expert-led conversations - phase and context-specific: headship framework area content.
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      • • School leaders powerful conversation
      • • Expert insights - headship core business, e.g. wellbeing for headteachers, governance, finance, HR, policy and report writing 
  • 3 – Peer network support and learning sets
  • 4 – Access to the latest research and resources - including NPQH case studies and self-study modules
  • Investment in a new headteacher is an investment in school improvement and the wider school community. The Early Headship Coaching Offer for headteachers will enhance, extend and develop your strategic leadership skills and understanding. Instilling a research-led and evidence-based approach.

  • Areas of focus include:

      • • Developing school culture
      • • Behaviour
      • • Teaching
      • • Additional and SEND
      • • Organisational Management
      • • Curriculum and Assessment
      • • Working in Partnership
      • • Professional Development
      • • Implementation
      • • Governance and Accountability
      • • Efficient management of budget and resources
    • "Core business" recordings and networks will be based on practical and evidence-based solutions.

How is the programme delivered?

During the induction phase of the programme, participants complete a one-to-one needs analysis with a leadership performance coach. Outcomes of this needs analysis inform the support and content each participant receives. By tailoring the programme in this way, participants are ensured that the support provided is relevant to their personal needs and local context.

Please be aware that due to recent DfE changes the Blended Pathway (Option 2) is no longer available

Through conversations with our experienced performance coaches and within each content element of the menu, participants will be able to select from a range of topics such as :

  • Personal development: exploring your leadership strengths and areas for development
  • School culture: how best to establish an inclusive and supportive school culture
  • School improvement: Identifying strategies for continuous educational and operational improvement
  • Learning and development: Exploring effective approaches to develop a high-performing team
  • Behaviour: Best practices for managing pupil behaviour
  • Curriculum: Organising and teaching the curriculum
  • Administration: Efficiently and effectively managing your school or trust

Note: programme content is subject to change.

Programme Pathways

Participants choose from one of two programme pathways. Option 1 is the Coaching Pathway for participants who want leadership coaching to form the key element of the programme. Option 2 is the Blended Pathway which has been designed for participants who want to access a wider range of support elements.

Am I eligible?

You will be eligible for the Early Headship Coaching Offer for New Headteachers if you meet the following criteria:

  • are in your first 5 years of headship
  • are employed in a state-funded school, or are employed in a state-funded organisation that offers 16 to 19 places in England upon starting the training
  • have either completed a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • have not withdrawn from the programme previously

The programme is available for all new eligible headteachers regardless of phase or context.

Please note that participants must be serving headteachers within their first five years of headship, the programme is not suitable for deputy headteachers, assistant headteachers or acting headteachers.

What does it cost?

The programme is free providing you meet the following criteria:

  • are in your first 5 years of headship
  • are employed in a state-funded school, or are employed in a state-funded organisation that offers 16 to 19 places in England upon starting the training
  • have either completed a national professional qualification for headship (NPQH) before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously

Contact us to find out if you’re eligible.

How do I apply?

Please apply via our Application Portal.

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