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Early Headship Coaching Offer

Ongoing professional development in becoming an effective headteacher.

 Autumn Cohort 2024


About the programme

Who are you?

You are eligible for the Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO) of structured support and networking opportunities if you meet all of these criteria:

  • you are in your first five years of headship
  • you are employed in England in a state-funded school or state-funded 16 to 19 organisation on starting the training
  • you have either completed an NPQH before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking one
  • you have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously.

Why join UCL?

The UCL EHCO puts you and your school at the heart of the programme through a professional learning group approach that helps you share your thinking and understanding. Set within a solution focused and supportive framework, the UCL EHCO programme delivered in partnership with HEADSUP4HTS is considerate of the pressures of early headship whilst being mindful of the benefits that can be found in supportive networks.

The programme is underpinned by the values of:

  • Collegiality and trust.
  • Openness and optimism.
  • Respect and kindness.
  • Excellence and integrity.

What will you learn?

The EHCO peer coaching programme is built upon the four aims of the UCL Centre for Educational Leadership:

  • Develop criticality: build evidence-based, theory-informed and innovative approaches to policy and practice.
  • Deepen learning: broaden perspectives and forge connections between theory, policy and practice.
  • Nurture collaboration: encourage shared thinking within and between communities of learners.
  • Activate knowledge: develop and mobilise knowledge and understanding within organisations and systems.
  • Enhance equity: promote understanding about, and action around, equity and social justice.

What are the benefits for you?

Our participants have valued the opportunity to reflect, think and learn in a collaborative and supportive environment. Through participating in this programme you will be able to:

  • Develop your persona as a Headteacher in a values driven approach to leadership.
  • Inspire leaders in your context to lead and drive successful change in your context.
  • Deepen your pedagogical knowledge and apply it in your context through a whole school leadership lens.
  • Understand how to develop a culture in a school and know how to model it as school.
  • Learn how to provide a framework that encourages a safe, sustainable learning culture for pupil progress.
  • Access research and materials and have many opportunities to discuss a variety of approaches and models to motivate and grow your teachers.

What are the benefits for your school?

We know that our children and young people need leaders who are committed to their education and are confident learners themselves. Our EHCO programme has been developed with teachers and leaders to:

  • Create professionally confident leaders.
  • Grow the next generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge to use the evidence-base for the benefit of their children and young people.
  • Retain the best leaders who are excellent, collaborative role models for their schools and communities.
  • Inspire leaders who can harness the power of rich learning environments for their children and young people no matter the current circumstances.

How long will it take?

The EHCO lasts 12 months, and includes:

  • A headteacher wellbeing self-evaluation
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Peer coaching groups
  • Peer support training sessions
  • Access to online resources.

There is no assessment for the EHCO.

When will it start and how much will it cost?

We recruit to the EHCO throughout the year.

The cost of the UCL EHCO is £800.

Full scholarship funding for the EHCO, meaning no cost to the participant, is available for those who meet the following criteria:

  • Work in a state-funded school or state funded organisation including those that offer 16-19 places in England upon starting the training.
  • Are in their first five years of headship.
  • You have either completed an NPQH before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking one.
  • Have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously.

How to apply

Although the DfE registration portal is currently displaying as open, it is only available to accommodate amendments to Spring’s 2024 registrations. It does not allow registrations for the Autumn 2024 cohort. The DfE portal will re-open in July; however, until then, please complete this short pre-registration form where you can register and secure your place for your preferred NPQ. Once the portal re-opens we will email you to advise you to register on the DfE portal.