Training the Executive Headteachers of tomorrow

    Published: 02 July 2019

    Research by the National Governors' Association (NGA), the Future Leaders Trust (TFLT) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has found that the number of executive headteachers in England is rapidly increasing, even though their remit and responsibilities are still largely undefined (2016).

    To help school leaders prepare for the roles and responsibilities of an executive headteacher, throughout the academic year, Herts for Learning (HfL) delivered a bespoke training programme and invited experienced Hertfordshire headteachers to take part.

    12 Hertfordshire headteachers successfully completed the year-long training programme and their achievements were recognised in a celebration event.

    The headteachers attended a graduation-style celebration on Thursday 20th June to share their learning and the journey they have undertaken throughout course, through a series of presentations to invited guests, including nine new delegates who will be taking part in the 2019/2020 training programme.

    The training programme was designed to allow delegates to get first-hand experience of what it is like to be an executive head and then challenge their own leadership style. They had an opportunity travel the UK and visit headteachers, executive headteachers and CEOs of MATs and also hear from nationally acclaimed speakers.

    Speaking about the success of the programme, Tracy Warner, Education Services Director (Primary) at HfL said:

    "We are really pleased with the success of the Executive Headteacher training programme this year, and welcome new colleagues to the programme next year. The cohort have been a joy to work with and it has been fantastic to see the learning that has taken place.
    As well as benefiting from the formal learning, there is a special bond that has been made between the group; a new network, that that be used to share the learning further. A huge thank you to Ali Pepper, Carly Holliman and Mark Boucherat for all the work they have put in to running this year’s programme."

    Congratulations to our 2018/2019 cohort:

    Alice Aharon, St John’s Infant / Fair Field Junior School, Radlett

    Anna Greetham, Tannery Drift First School, Royston

    Clare Hollingsworth, Swallow Dell Primary School, Welwyn Garden City

    Kara Hales, Mandeville Primary School, Sawbridgeworth

    Katherine Ellwood, Greenway Primary School, Berkhamsted

    Mairead Waugh, St Philip Howard RC  Primary School, Hatfield

    Pam Scragg, Nascot Wood Infant and Nursery School, Watford

    Rob Halls, The Castle Federation, Berkhamsted

    Sarah Joyce, London Colney Primary School, London Colney

    Zoe Hussein, Avanti Schools Trust

    Paul Sutton, The Orchard Primary School, Watford

    Louise Shuttleworth, Featherstone Wood Primary School, Stevenage

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