Being a Head: Prepare, survive and thrive in early headship

A toolkit coaching programme designed for leaders who want to develop the skills of running a school.

Learning and reflecting at the start of headship with the support of a coach is an excellent investment. ASCL offers a complete tailor-made coaching programme for leaders moving into headship, and which can be built around an individual's needs. This programme is suitable for all phases in education. 

In the context of stepping up and running a school, the important behaviours of being a head are:
  • being pro-active
  • connecting
  • learning
  • prioritising
This flexible coaching programme can be online or in person, and gives the opportunity for an individual to ask questions, talk and share experiences in a safe environment.

In this unique programme, an experienced ASCL consultant will work with you to design an approach, timeframe and frequency to meet your professional and personal needs.

Some areas of focus include:
  • Being big-picture focused 
  • Being proud of accepting the challenge ahead
  • Initial preparation for the change of becoming the leader of a school (Kubler Ross)
  • Moving out of a comfort zone, both you and the organisation
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome
  • Thinking through the daily, weekly and yearly routines and systems (Maslow)
  • Working out your context and stakeholder needs
  • Personal leadership competencies and your values (Institute for Leadership)
  • Being a resilient and sustained leader (resilience@work)
  • Setting out a strategic, resourced and financed plan (ASCL resources)
  • Building a legacy: reflecting on your ambitions for the future (Maslow)
  • Coached by an experienced consultant to set out clear goals
  • Develop the competencies of headship
  • Share ideas in a safe environment and maintain perspective
  • Explore how you take steps to master stress, adapt to change and be proactive so that you can thrive
A typical coaching consultancy can consist of three to six sessions which can be broken down into several parts.

The coaching programme will be run by ASCL consultant Steve Playford, Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Resilience at Work, and accredited trainer and coach. Steve has ten years' experience of headship and wide experience of coaching and mentoring new and aspiring headteachers.

To find out more call 0116 2991122, email us or complete the enquiry form below.

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