Leadership Development

The Wessex Teaching School currently supports the Aspiring Headteachers programme as well as HEADSTART, whcih aims to develop Headteachers through their first year of Headship.

Leaders from the Wessex Teaching School also support various leadership programmes in the secondary sector.

Aspiring Heads

To inspire and equip senior teachers aspiring for their first headship within the primary/special school sector.

To explore all aspects of the headship appointment process including:

  • Applications – job descriptions, person spec, letter from Chair of Governors.
  • The interview process – activities, question themes, including additional themes when interviewed in a church school
  • To explore headship opportunities within a variety of contexts including:  Urban/coastal schools; rural/church/community schools; schools with high SEND and Additional Needs
  • To explore and reflect on essential qualities of headship:  Working with governors;  Emotional intelligence and empathy;  Effective teams/Managing staff; Leading a school through inspection – Ofsted, SIAMS (church school inspection)

Target Audience
Senior teachers in primary and middle schools aiming to apply for their first headship within the following 18 months.
Participants will need to complete leadership survey before the course and impact evaluations during and post course.

Course Leaders
The training will be led mainly by serving head teachers in addition to advisers who support governors through the recruitment process for head teachers.

Further information on this course will be available in due course.

New and Aspiring Deputy Headteachers

"The Role of the Deputy Head in a changing school system" - Practical Ways Forward
Wednesday 21st October 2015
Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset

Course Content

  • The Role of the Deputy Head;  
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Styles—what sort of leader are you?
  • School Improvement through data analysis,
  • work sampling, lesson observation;
  • Understanding School Finance;
  • Application Forms/Letters;

Further information and an application form can be found here

The Early Years Self-Improvement ProjectEarly Years Leadership Project

In collaboration with the Somerset Partnership Teaching School, local schools and nurseries, this project aims to improve readiness for school.  Project priorities are:

  • Disadvantaged and vulnerable learners
  • Schools and PVIs working together to share good practice
  • Identify and support CPD needs for improvement
  • Transition between EY settings and schools
  • Create sustainable local networks

We will be expanding beyond the current pilot group in September 2015.  If you are interested in participating please contact Sam Ensor at the Somerset Partnership Teaching School (slensor@educ.somerset.gov.uk)