Surviving and Thriving: New to headship development programme

Programme available from September to June. 
Suitable for leaders in the early stages of running a school in all phases of education. 

Following on from the successful new Headteacher conference run by ASCL over the past few years, ASCL are now offering a complete support programme for leaders in their early years of headship. Learning and reflecting at the start of headship in a structured programme is an excellent investment.

In the context of stepping up and running a school the important behaviours of “Being a Head” are; being pro-active, connecting, learning, and prioritising. This programme will be online, interactive and give the opportunity learn through workshops, ask questions, talk and share experiences, in a safe group environment. The programme will offer a group of leaders the chance to make connections with other colleagues. There is also a wonderful opportunity to be coached on a personal level.

Working with an ASCL consultant, the training programme constitutes the following components:
  • New Headteacher conference (optional)
  • 2 podcasts during August “Getting ready to Be a Head”
  • 4 online topic based workshops. These will enable group discussion and allow time for reflection. (90 minutes per session). Twilight time and delegates must make every effort to participate in all sessions
    • Personal leadership competencies
    • Being a resilient leader and developing a resilient team
    • Setting out a strategic, resourced and financed plan
    • Building a Legacy; reflecting on your ambitions for the future
Dates (provisional):
Wednesday 12 October, Wednesday 7 December, and Wednesday March 8 2023. A forth TBC in June/July.
  • 2 individual online coaching sessions (30 minutes per session)
In summary objectives:
  • To develop the competencies of headship
  • To share ideas in a safe group environment
  • To explore how a systems and collective approach will strengthen individual and team resilience and allow you to take steps to master stress, adapt to change and be proactive so that you can thrive
Programme leader details are provided in the tab below. 

To find out more call 0116 2991122 or email us

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Steve Playford
Leadership and Wellbeing consultant, Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, ASCL Consultant and a qualified Wellbeing Coach with the British School of Coaching.

Steve is an Accredited Trainer for the Resilience at Work (R@W) global consortium, a contributor to World Values Day and an active member of the Association for Business Psychology. During the Covid crisis Steve has delivered resilience coaching and webinars to Health Organisations. Previously a senior leader in schools across Greater Manchester for 20 years including 10 years as a headteacher.

As a leader with extensive experience of leading teams, institutions and systems Steve is passionate about growing leadership and resilience skills for individuals and organisations.

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