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Early Headship Coaching Offer

Ongoing professional development in becoming an effective headteacher.

Spring cohort 2023

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 5 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  • you have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously.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 ECHO programme 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.

Areas of online study include:

  • school culture
  • implementation
  • lead professional development
  • behaviour
  • teaching
  • curriculum and assessment
  • additional and special educational needs and disabilities
  • Organisational Management Eight
  • working in partnership
  • governance and accountability.

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, this includes six 90 minute virtual peer coaching sessions (one per half term) and optional asynchronous online self study.


When will it start and how much will it cost?

The Online Induction will start in February 2023 with virtual peer coaching sessions starting in February 2023. 

The cost of the 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

To apply, please go to DfE NPQ Registration Service and choose UCL as your provider | Find out more about the application process.