16 December 2015

Future Headteachers on Course for Success

The next generation of headteachers have successfully ‘graduated’ from a popular training scheme at a Sutton Coldfield teaching school.

Teaching professionals from across the country have completed the Arthur Terry National Teaching School’s popular ‘Aspire to Headship’ programme, which took place between February and November.

The course – which is now open for applications for 2016 – is designed not only for aspiring headteachers, but also assistant and deputy headteachers, to enable them to effectively support their headteachers. Nine teachers from across the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, Boldmere, Kingsbury and Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham, London, successfully completed the year.

Diane Read, assistant headteacher of the Arthur Terry School, said: “This was another talented group of leaders, whose passion and commitment to leading schools and securing the best opportunities for children, bears well for the future of our schools.”

The Arthur Terry Teaching School’s ‘Aspire to Headship’ success coincides with the publication of Ofsted’s annual report this month. The findings show that chief inspector, Michael Wilshaw, has expressed concern about where the next generation of school leaders will come from and has commissioned a survey to look at the issue in more depth.

The ‘Aspire to Headship’ course was facilitated once again by Ian Wilson from Fusion Leadership and a wide range of experts from education and business, Over the year the candidates had the opportunity to explore the context of the changing landscape of education and systems leadership, develop confidence for their future roles, and, reflect on and expand the skills, knowledge and attributes required from leaders within schools. This included undertaking a range of self-assessments to learn where their strengths and areas of development are.

Visiting speakers included education leader Sir Christopher Stone and Ian Smith Childs, headteacher of the Coleshill School, who provided an inspirational talk on the challenges and joys of being a new head.

The candidates also drew on the leadership experience of business with a visit to JLR at Gaydon and a talk from John Griffiths from In-Form Solutions. Sessions also included advanced coaching and ended with presentations. The learning sets were supported by Phil Taylor from Birmingham City University, who ensured that the latest research was available to participants.

A third cohort will start in February 2016. Anyone interested in the course should contact the Arthur Terry School Teaching Schools administrator Jo-Ann Murphy at jmurphy@arturterry.bham.sch.uk