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(4) Preparing for Headship, (The Tower Hotel, London, 5 November 2019)

This course is for: Aspiring Heads of HMC and other independent schools.


Course objectives and outcomes:

Course outcomes:

  • Learn about headship and its opportunities and challenges
  • Understand your own development needs and career pathway in preparation for headship
  • Increase your awareness of the application, interview and recruitment process and what the governors are looking for during this process
  • Consider how to work effectively with the governing body once you are in post
  • Build your understanding of school strategy and how to market your school
  • Acquire strategies for making an effective transition to headship
  • Develop insight into scenarios you are likely to face in headship, and how to approach them in practice

09:45 – 10:00

Arrival, registration and coffee

10:00 – 10:10

Welcome and introduction

Dr Jill Berry, former Head and Educational Consultant

10:10 – 11:00

Session 1: Marketing and the Educational Landscape

Heather Styche-Patel, Head of Insight and Client Services, RSAcademics

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:10

Session 2: Making the transition to Headship

Jesse Elzinga, Headmaster, Reading Blue Coat School

12:10 – 13:00

Session 3: The recruitment process, and what the governors are looking for

Claire Oulton, RSAcademics

13:00 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:30

Session 4: School governance, and working with the governing body

Julia Burns, former Head and Educational Consultant

14:30 – 15:15

Session 5: Scenarios

Dr Jill Berry, former Head and Educational Consultant

15:15 – 15:30


15:30 – 16:30

Session 6: Headship – the role and how ready are you?

Dr Jill Berry, former Head and Educational Consultant


Closing remarks and depart

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