Continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities are key to ensuring schools evolve and keep up to date. Teachers have many opportunities in school and externally to reflect on their practice. As a headteacher, CPD is often focused on keeping up to date whether it be with changes in Ofsted inspections, health and safety, assessment or personnel issues. How often, as a headteacher, do you have chance to reflect on your own leadership and how it impacts on your school? How do you develop your skills set further to bring around greater improvements in your school?
The yearlong Herts for Learning Executive Leadership Programme provides such an opportunity for Hertfordshire Primary headteachers. Designed to support headteachers exploring moving into executive leadership, the programme focuses on analysing your leadership style and how that can potentially enable change and provide challenges to developments.
Now in its fifth year, over forty Hertfordshire have taken part in the programme. Whilst some have moved into executive leadership positions, others have used knowledge and skills gained from the programme to support significant developments in their school.
This programme has given me the best opportunity to step back and review myself as a professional. I have come out of it with considerably more clarity about what I want for my school and my career. It has been a safe space to share this with others and gain insight about how I can develop my SLT.”
Jenny Sherry, Headteacher, Cassiobury Junior School, Watford
The Executive Leadership Programme has been an absolute inspiration and I have enjoyed every minute of it. It has challenged me intellectually as well as enabling me to reflect on my leadership in ways that have improved my practice. The team that runs the course are dynamic and encouraging. I would recommend this programme for anyone who is seeking an opportunity for reflection, inspiration and improvement
Rouane Mendel, Headteacher, Giles Infants School, Stevenage
The programme is a blend of conference style days, twilight discussion groups and visits to settings beyond Hertfordshire. Keynote speakers and current executive leaders provide leadership focused content to both support and challenge your thoughts.
The programme is led by Lisa Massey, Herts for Learning District Schools Effectiveness Adviser, and Carley Holliman, Executive Headteacher, The Mount Stewart Schools, Harrow and in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. The programme is accredited with 30 points towards a postgraduate Master’s degree.
Participant numbers are strictly limited for each year’s programme, so to register for a place on the 2021/22 programme starting on Tuesday 5th October 2021, please visit the HfL CPD Hub.
For more information please contact Lisa.Massey@hertsforlearning.co.uk