The 2019/20 Executive Primary Headteachers of tomorrow

    Published: 30 September 2020

    As schools continue to evolve, the demand for different models of leadership has continued to grow.University of Hertfordshire Headteachers now have opportunities to lead several schools though federations and multi-academy trusts. The Herts for Learning / University of Hertfordshire Executive Leadership Programme supports headteachers to develop into these new roles through providing a clear pathway to explore different models of leadership and develop personal skills.  

    In 2019-20, twelve delegates took the plunge and started out on their journey of reflection, exploration and analysis. Tuesday 7th July 2020 saw the culmination of this eight-month journey. Despite the nationwide lockdown and schools focusing on planning bubbles and sourcing PPE, eight delegates delivered high quality, reflective presentations to their colleagues virtually via Teams. Completion of the programme is also accredited as a postgraduate 30 credit short course. 

    Jeremy Loukes, Deputy Education Services Director, Herts for Learning, who joined the session reflected that: 

    “More and more schools, through choice or necessity, are collaborating under the leadership of an executive headteacher. The role requires a breadth of expertise beyond that of most school leaders. Herts for Learning (HfL) is delighted to be able to facilitate the Executive Leadership Programme in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire. The programme leaders have seen delegates grow professionally through personal research, study, and first-hand experience of leadership in schools within and beyond Hertfordshire.
    Thank you to the programme leaders, Mark Boucherat, freelance higher education lecturer, Carley Holliman, Executive Headteacher, The Mount Stewart Schools, Harrow and HfL DSEA Lisa Massey, for engaging such an inspiring line-up of speakers, facilitating such a range of thought provoking visits, and for their motivating and well-balanced academic and practical input. We wish all 2019-20 delegates well as they apply their learning in their current and future roles.”

    Feedback from the delegates about the programme was very positive.  

    Rebecca Workman, Headteacher at Eastbury Farm Primary School, Northwood, said: 

    “The Executive Leadership Programme not only opened up my mind to new ways of leading, it also provided me with opportunities to network with other Headteachers I may otherwise never have met and to see alternative leadership models in action in schools I would otherwise have been unlikely to visit.  The CPD provided by many of the speakers during the course was so powerful that I invited two of them into my own school to deliver training to my SLT and entire staff team. I had not anticipated how much influence the programme would have both on me as a leader but also on my staff team and school.”

    Andrew Farrugia, Headteacher at Garden Fields JMI School, St Albans said: 

    “The Executive Leadership Programme was an excellent opportunity for experienced heads to have some high quality leadership CPD. It also gives you time to reflect, with fellow headteachers, on different leadership styles, methods and systems, strengthening your practice in the process.”

    Congratulations to all 12 participants of the 2019-20 programme: 

    • Traci Ali, Arnetts Hill JMI School, Rickmansworth 
    • Anna Archer, The Grove Infant and Nursery School, Harpenden 
    • Justine Elbourne-Cload, Cunningham Hill Junior School, St Albans 
    • Andrew Farrugia, Garden Fields JMI School, St Albans 
    • Michelle Fusi, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Ware 
    • Jon Hood, Cowley Hill Primary School, Borehamwood 
    • Tracy Mylotte, Killigrew Primary and Nursery School, St Albans 
    • Liz Ormonde, Micklem Primary School, Hemel Hempstead 
    • Mellissa Adams, Merry Hill Infant School and Nursery, Bushey 
    • Lis Roberts, Sandridge Primary School, St Albans 
    • Sharon Sanderson, Grove Primary Primary School and Nursery, Tring 
    • Rebecca Workman, Eastbury Farm Primary School, Northwood 

    The Executive Leadership Programme, now in its fourth year, will see the next cohort of Primary headteachers start the 2020/21 programme on Monday 5th October 2020.  For more information and how to book place, please contact or book online at the HfL CPD Hub: Course code: MAN/20/956/P 

    Please note numbers are strictly limited for each year’s programme. 

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