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About ASHE

An Association for Headteachers run by Headteachers

ASHE is a not-for-profit Professional network which provides the following for Headteachers of secondary phase schools in Essex:

  • Supportive Association offering advice, support and helping to avoid colleagues feeling isolated
  • Provides an effective communication at local & national level and liaison with agencies; DfE, Heads Associations, National College, EFA, Regional Schools’ Commissioner, Regional Ofsted Director, Local Authority etc
    Support colleagues in difficult/vulnerable situations including Ofsted, LA & DfE interventions
  • Representation on: School Forum, LA Strategic Groups e.g. SACRE, Safeguarding etc
  • Provides Professional Development through, Conferences, New Heads Induction, Specific Training Course, SLT Courses, Brokered Service
    Not a Professional Association (e.g. Union) or a political Association
    ASHE normally takes a neutral stance in conflict situations involving schools
  • 2 dedicated Ex-Headteacher Officers working for the Association

Brokering Services

  • Ofsted trained in-school support
  • OFSTED preparation for Schools/Academies
  • Governor Briefing and Training
  • Advising Governors of Heads’ Objectives/Salary
  • Subject school to school support
  • Recruitment – Senior Appointments (including Headship)
  • Performance Management
  • Interview support for senior appointments

ASHE Bespoke services to schools include:

  • Leadership School to school support
  • Senior Leadership Reviews
  • Middle Leadership Reviews
  • Financial Reviews
  • Curriculum Reviews
  • Performance Management Whole School Training
  • Interview service for senior positions (Heads/Deputies)
  • Support with re-structures
  • Headship Appointments

ASHE is funded by the following sources:

  • Membership Subscriptions
  • School Forum Contribution
  • Sponsorship
  • Conferences/Courses

Annual Membership Fee (assigned to the school not the Headteacher)

  • Small Essex secondary school (under 500) £375
  • Other Essex secondary schools £750
  • Affiliated schools £375
  • CEO of an Academy Chain £250
  • Collective Essex Special Schools £2,000

Contact information:

Carole Herman, Executive Director

Mob: 07530053841

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Karen Kerridge, Professional Officer

Mob: 07811833701

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