Next Generation Headteachers

If you see your next career move as a headship, now’s your moment.

Across the country, schools and MATs are on the hunt for great leaders. The challenge for you isn’t finding opportunities. It’s negotiating the confusing, rapidly changing system and identifying the kind of school that will best draw out your potential.

Next Generation Headteachers (Formerly Aspirant Headteachers)- SSAT’s definitive programme for aspiring heads – focuses single-mindedly on equipping you to make the right decision about your future.

Over the years this intensely practical, challenging programme has launched hundreds of careers at the top of our profession. It’s now been refreshed and re-engineered to reflect the new educational landscape.

Read a case study by Melanie Williams of Royds Hall Community School to find out what a difference the programme could make for you. 

How the programme works

Starting with a two day residential  in the company of experienced headteachers, this is your chance to work out the kind of head you want to be, where your strengths will work the best and what skills you still need to acquire. You’ll get an insider’s perspective on how you balance your moral purpose with the immediate demands of the accountability system and there’ll also be challenging practical workshops on themes such as building your team, managing finances and building excellence in teaching and learning.

Event Title Date Location
One The foundations of headship – what to expect and what it is really like (two-day residential) Autumn 2017 TBC
Two SSAT National Conference 2017 (one day) December 2017 Manchester
Three Applying for headship Spring 2018 TBC
Four The first 100 days of headship Summer 2018 TBC



  • Advanced preparation for headship, including securing your first role and the first 100 days in post.
  • Establish your vision and non-negotiables for school leadership.
  • Hear from outstanding practising headteachers.
  • Learn practical and impact-focused strategies for school improvement.
  • Build a national support network of aspiring heads that will support you through the course and into headship.

This Programme for aspiring heads is a quality package. It gives you a true insight into headship through honest, frank and professional dialogue with serving headteachers who are leading schools with very different challenges and contexts.

The programme has given me time to consider my own journey into headship, from application, interview and even to give me a taster of what my first 100 days as a head might be like.

I truly believe that being on the Programme will allow me to become an even better head, quicker!
Dilesh Parmar, Deputy Head, Haywood Academy



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.


Start date
TBC, Autumn 2017. The 2016 cohort is now fully booked, the next cohort will open for bookings in Spring 2017.

One year

Four events including a residential launch and one day’s attendance at SSAT’s National Conference

Ideal for
Deputy and assistant headteachers, vice and assistant principals.

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