We provide a comprehensive leadership and management programme of support for:

    • experienced teachers wishing to take the next step into a leadership role
    • deputy and assistant headteachers
    • executive headteachers and headteachers as they develop in their career
    • Business management professionals

    Our programmes offer a combination of training, consultancy, conferences and networking.

    Aspiring deputy and assistant headteachers

    Deputy headteacher induction programme (primary)

    For newly appointed deputy and assistant headteachers, we offer a programme of six induction sessions.

    Two sessions run each term, and delegates are able to join the programme at any point in the year. Currently, sessions cover the following aspects of the deputy and/or assistant headteacher role:

    • improving teaching and learning
    • understanding and using data to improve pupils’ outcomes
    • understanding school finance
    • building leadership capacity and effective partnerships
    • effective communication
    • working with governors and human resources

    For further information about our programme and pricing, contact training@hertsforlearning.co.uk or call 01438 544464.


    Headteacher development

    We also offer a range of services to support headteachers throughout their careers.

    These include training, mentoring, conferences, and access to executive coaching and a range of established support networks. A comprehensive training programme is also on offer across the county, working with teaching school alliances, to support school leaders with key issues and challenges.

    A bespoke programme has been developed and is available to support headteachers during their first year of headship.

    Moving to a New Headship (MTNH) programme

    This programme supports those taking up their first headship and those moving to a new school in Hertfordshire as a head. It covers all phases and sectors: nursery, primary, middle, secondary, mainstream and special. It is designed to assist the process of initiation to headship, and supports new headteachers in balancing the practical demands of their role with personal leadership development.

    The programme consists of:

    • a comprehensive package of one day, half day and twilight training courses covering a range of key themes that heads will need to address
    • a Professional Partner (and experienced Hertfordshire head) allocated to coach and mentor each new head on the programme

    Our Hertfordshire Professional Partners (HPPs) are specially trained to support new headteachers throughout their first year of headship. HPPs are serving headteachers of Hertfordshire schools graded good or outstanding, each with at least three years’ experience in headship. They attend regular training to keep their mentoring skills up to date.

    We encourage all new Hertfordshire heads to join the MTNH programme.

    Executive leadership programme

    The Herts for Learning / University of Hertfordshire executive leadership programme, aims to bring together the best of current research, thinking and training on executive and strategic leadership in primary schools and is a unique opportunity to do so within both the Hertfordshire and national context for schools. The learning approach is personalised and built around the identification of individual development needs as an existing or aspirant executive leader through reflecting on and analysing your leadership and professional practice. Completion of the programme counts towards 30 credits for a Master’s Degree.

    The year-long programme runs from October to July and consists of:University of Hertfordshire logo

    • 4 face-to-face sessions
    • 2 interactive webinars
    • 2 school visits
    • 2 twilight interactive webinars
    • Plus bespoke personalised sessions

    Participant numbers for this annual programme are strictly limited and applications to participate can be made by booking online on the CPD Hub.

    For further information about our programme and pricing, contact training@hertsforlearning.co.uk or call 01438 544464.

    Headteacher Coaching programme 

    A year-long coaching programme to help headteachers develop their practice, problem-solving skills and explore how to overcome obstacles in a safe, and most importantly, confidential space.  

    Lead by expert coaches, the programme will provide headteachers with the opportunity to  

    • be in a safe and confidential space where the focus will be solely on them
    • identify the barriers that are blocking them from realising their potential 
    • develop leadership skills, strategic working and resilience

    Participants will be able select to explore the many aspects of the challenges they meet in their leadership role: 

    • working on problem solving for a specific issue 
    • focusing on developing more effective working relationships 
    • to soundboard SLT development priorities 
    • clarifying specific barriers and challenges in your context 
    • identifying next steps in a challenging situation 

    Aimed at headteachers in all phases, this programme run over one academic year and will consist of: 

    • a 90 minute on-line introductory session with your coach to establish the best way of working for you both to maximise the outcomes of the programme for you
    • a further 5 x 90-minute online sessions, one each half term. The focus of each session will be chosen by coachee

    To express an interest in joining this programme, please email at coachingprogramme@hertsforlearning.co.uk  

    Business management professionals

    For the newly appointed business manager we can offer a bespoke induction service which will support the development of the individual and the impact and effectiveness of the role in school. The induction will deepen the individuals knowledge of the role and provide important networking opportunities.

    Our professional development programme runs annually, with delegates able to join at any point through the year. The course consists of 4 modules which examine a range of skills and behaviours which link to the Institute of School Business Leadership (previously National Association of School Business Managers) professional standards.

    We also offer an annual conference for business managers. This is an exciting day offering the opportunity to explore best practice shared by expert school business management practitioners and to network with colleagues and businesses that provide services to the education sector. The day also hosts a motivational speaker to further inspire business management leaders.

    For further information on all our leadership programmes and pricing, please contact us.

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