Heading for Headship

Heading for Headship

Second Year of the exciting programme for  Aspiring Secondary Headteachers

ASHE has designed a professional development secondary course to enhance school leadership succession planning – specifically for aspiring secondary Headteachers across the County.

Last year 24 Essex Deputies enrolled on the 6 session course and we are delighted that 4 Deputies from the course have already been appointed to Essex Headships.

Consequently, ASHE is running the “Heading for Headship” programme again which is open to all secondary school senior staff who are aspiring to Headship. The programme is practically based and should complement NPQH. The programme has been designed following consultation with current secondary heads and this year’s course members and is very practical in its content.

The programme will start with an overnight residential followed by 5 afternoon sessions from September 2017 to July 2018. The cost will be £349 per participant (including the residential).

The programme will focus on helping participants prepare for headship, boost knowledge of headship and prepare for the challenge of leadership. The course will provide a personalised, practical and collaborative programme which aims to build the confidence and knowledge of senior leaders who are aspiring to move into headship.


This programme is for experienced staff who are considering Headship to develop their thinking and expertise through working with colleagues from other schools in order to maximise their effectiveness.

The Programme

The sessions are all created in response to feedback from Heads, Deputies and those currently on the course and will include expert facilitation and a variety of expert speakers. The programme offers the chance for aspiring secondary school leaders to meet together and explore practical issues.
Resources and advice will also be available to participants from experienced heads. Each session will be facilitated by ASHE and delivered by serving Headteachers and national speakers who will share their career experiences as well as leading the topic for the session. This is a chance for participants to learn more about Headship from those who are doing the job.

To book a place please email: philip.bell9@btinternet.com

Association of Secondary Headteachers Essex