New Headteachers Programme

Programme Information

The New Headteachers programme is for newly appointed headteachers and those in their first year in post. Starting your first headship is an exciting time and this programme will help you successfully make the transition as you begin the work of leading the school.

Participants will receive 1:1 coaching/mentoring support* and join a national cohort for practical virtual workshops and inputs from successful headteachers across the SSAT network. Each workshop will cover a key aspect of school leadership and provide opportunities for sharing practice, strategy and challenges in a supportive environment. Content draws upon the national standards for headteachers and SSAT’s Framework for Exceptional Education.

There are eight workshop sessions which will take place virtually as Tuesday twilights, from 3.45pm -5.45pm, meaning you can be in school when you need to be.

The programme includes supporting resources, case studies and diagnostic tools accessed via a dedicated online platform.

*Participants will be matched to a suitable coach or mentor and will be able to flexibly arrange online meetings to meet their needs. Three hours of coaching/mentoring are included in the programme.


  • Increased confidence and a supportive professional network
  • Practice strategies to help you make a successful start to headship

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Host information

Dr Dan Belcher, Senior Education Lead, SSAT

Dr Dan Belcher, SSAT

Dan leads on SSAT’s leadership programmes and has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering professional development for all career stages. Before joining SSAT in 2009 he was a senior leader and teacher of French and German. Dan enjoys working with individuals and teams to realise their goals and grow leadership capacity.

Module Information

Module 1: Leading through moral purpose – Tuesday 16 November 2021

Module 2: Leading the strategic vision – Tuesday 14 December 2021

Module 3: Leading school improvement – Tuesday 18 January 2022

Module 4: Leading teaching and learning – Tuesday 22 February 2022

Module 5: Leading high-performance teams – Tuesday 22 March 2022

Module 6: Leading professional practice – Tuesday 10 May 2022

Module 7: Leading quality assurance – Tuesday 7 June 2022

Module 8: Leading school culture – Tuesday 5 July 2022

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Start date:

Tuesday 16 November 2021
15.45 - 17.45


Eight modules delivered online


SSAT member cost: £1495
Non-member cost: £1795

All prices exclusive of VAT

Ideal for

New headteachers in all phases

More info

Contact us on 020 7802 0955 or by email.