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 one:

The foundations of headship – what to expect and what it is really like (two-day residential)

  • What kind of head do I want to be?
  • What kind of school is right for me?
  • Leading a values-driven school
  • Managing complex human resources issues
  • Strategic financial management in challenging times
  • Curriculum intent, implementation and impact
  • Leading in a changing educational landscape

Date and location:

12 & 13 October 2017 – Crowne Plaza, Chester

Event two:

SSAT National Conference 2017 (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 and location:

30 November 2017 – Manchester

Event three:

Applying for headship

  • Identifying the right job for you
  • What are governors looking for? Headship mock applications and interviews
  • Interview best practice

Date and location:

March 2018 – TBC

Event four:

The first 100 days of headship

  • Milestones and markers for your first 100 days in post
  • Developing a timetable for addressing key areas of school leadership
  • Building trust and confidence with stakeholders

Date and location:

21 June 2018 – Colmers School & Sixth Form College, Birmingham


  • 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


register your interest

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.

register your interest

One year

Four events including a residential launch and one-day attendance at SSAT’s National Conference in 2017

Ideal for
Deputy and assistant headteachers, vice and assistant principals in secondary mainstream schools.

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