Executive Headteachers

SSAT’s pioneering Executive Headteacher programme has been equipping school leaders for the challenges and opportunities of executive headship for more than 10 years.

As the number of multi academy trusts (MATs) within the schools system continues to grow, so does the number of headteachers working in executive roles.  Those entering, and considering, executive headship within a MAT need to be fully prepared for the opportunities, challenges and additional responsibilities this brings.   The Executive Headteachers programme  consists of six visits to established MATs in differing contexts and stages of growth.  There is no blueprint, but by comparing models and learning from their journeys you can chart a course for the schools you lead. The programme is supported by insights from the SSAT Education team and research.

More than 500 school leaders have completed our nationally recognised programme, many of who are now recognised system leaders locally, regionally and nationally.

Read about Wendy Tomes and the success the programme has had at Sidney Stringer Academy.


How the programme works

The Executive Headteacher programme begins with a two day-residential led by established MATs to begin exploring the role of executive headteacher. The school visits that follow are to successful federations and MATs in differing contexts and stages of development, each one is selected according to the needs of programme delegates to provide maximum relevance and impact.

There will be insight and support from the SSAT education team as well as experts from the wider education sector, research and business. You will have ongoing access to online activities, resources and further reading to ensure you get the most out of your experiences.

Year one

Event one:
Leading a MAT and the role of the executive headteacher:

  • Forming and leading a small MAT
  • The role of the executive headteacher
  • Principled foundations for future success
  • Strategic governance and central services

Date and location:

(Two day residential)

Wednesday 15 November 2017 – Sidney Stringer Academy
Thursday 16 November – President Kennedy School


Event two:
SSAT national conference (one day):

  • Engage in the education debate on key issues for school leaders
  • Learn from nationally and internationally recognised experts in the field both from within and beyond education
  • Participate in school-led workshops hosted by some of the country’s most successful and innovative schools

Date:

30 November

Location:

Manchester Central


Event three:
Cross-phase partnerships:

  • Forming a cross phase federation/MAT
  • Maximising the benefits and learning from cross-phase collaboration
  • Economies and efficiencies of scale – procurement, trust appointments, trust leadership structure
  • Financial sustainability and growth models

Date:

20 March 2018

Location:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust


Event four:

Sustainable growth and system leadership:

  • Managing growth with purpose and knowing when to consolidate
  • Managing and mitigating risk
  • Due diligence
  • Capacity building for sustainability and growth

Date:

July 2018

Location:

TBC


Year two

Event five:

Autonomy and accountability:

  • Performance and progress indicators
  • Establishing a clear accountability framework for the performance of all staff in the trust
  • Earned autonomy for schools and leaders – what does it mean and how can it be managed?
  • Establishing the MAT identity

Date:

October 2018

Location:

TBC


Event Six:

From implementation to impact:

  • Leading rapid improvement in underperforming schools and challenging contexts
  • Managing change across a MAT
  • A systematic programme of school to school support that meets the needs of individual schools
  • Schemes of delegation and decision making frameworks – tight or loose?
  • Standardised, aligned or autonomous

Date:

December 2018

Location:

TBC


Event Seven:

SSAT National Conference (one day):

  • Engage in the education debate on key issues for school leaders
  • Learn from nationally and internationally recognised experts in the field both from within and beyond education
  • Participate in school-led workshops hosted by some of the country’s most successful and innovative schools

Date:

December 2018

Location:

TBC


Event Eight:

More than the sum of parts:

  • Developing trust-wide policies
  • Fostering collective responsibility – ‘if one fails we all fail’
  • Flexible deployment to maximise the benefits for the most children
  • Better outcomes for learners
  • Professional development, talent management and succession planning

Date:

May 2019

Location:

TBC


Benefits

  • Explore and learn from a variety of models of executive headship and multi-academy trusts working in differing contexts
  • SSAT’s ‘leading systems’ competency self-audit tool will help you identify current strengths and areas for future focus
  • A ‘Professional Learning Journal’ to support reflection, action planning and recording impact
  • Determine your principles and non-negotiables as an executive headteacher
  • Develop strategies to build capacity for school improvement, creating a leadership pipeline and effective succession planning to release the potential within your school(s)
  • Join a powerful and supportive professional network
  • Establish a compelling vision for your schools and strategies for sustained success

In addition, the programme includes one day attendance at SSAT’s flagship National Conference in both December 2017 and 2018.



In order to showcase the best variety of leadership practice and school contexts all of our programmes are run at venues across the country. For example, recent programmes have included venues based in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, Chester and Coventry. The programme is also subject to change dependent on the needs of delegates.

Delegates are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses for all events apart from on two-day residentials, where accommodation for the interim night will be paid for.

Start date
15-16 November 2017 (two day residential)

Duration
2 years

Structure
Eight events, including a residential launch and one-day attendance at SSAT’s National Conference in 2017 and 2018

Ideal for
Executive Headteachers or aspiring Executive Headteachers

Cost

£2,900 for members (fees cover entire programme over two years)
£4,350 for non-members (fees cover entire programme over two years)
Prices exclusive of VAT

Enquiries
Get in touch with us by email

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