Headteacher Induction

As a new Headteacher or New to Norfolk Headteacher it can feel somewhat isolating. Our educational landscape is one that is varied, spread out and can feel fragmented. The purpose of the induction process is to welcome you to Norfolk, introduce you to other similar headteachers, pair you with an experienced head as a mentor and provide you with the most useful information you will need to be successful in your first year.

We do this via a rolling programme of induction. Each term there is an induction session held to which all newly appointed headteachers from the last 12 months are invited. These are generally September, January and May.

Each session invites Norfolk experts in their field to come and deliver workshops on their field of expertise, with the opportunity for you to speak to them one on one at the end to gain specific guidance for your school if you wish. These sessions also enable you to meet other heads and key Norfolk personnel and providers, all of whom will prove to be an invaluable resource in your first year and beyond. The sessions are rotational and therefore if you join us in the summer term you are welcome to then attend the autumn and spring sessions of the following year. Should you wish to repeat a session the following year you are also most welcome to.

Dates and booking for 2019-2020

11th September 2019 (09.30-16.00, Norwich Professional Development Centre) – course ref PDT-0919-T001

22nd January 2020 (09.30-16.00, Norwich Professional Development Centre) – course ref PDT-0120-T001

19th May 2020 (09.30-16.00, Norwich Professional Development Centre)) – course ref PDT-0520-T001

The subsequent days will build on the first day and focus on themes identified by leaders.

eads are welcome to attend these days regardless of start date and they are free of charge to all schools in Norfolk.

Places at the induction day can be booked direct through the SLA website - please login and search for the course reference numbers shown above. If heads have any difficulties booking a place, please contact Hannah Hutchins 01603 223541.


The purpose of the mentor scheme is to provide support to the headteacher in thinking through the various issues of headship in a school in Norfolk as they present themselves and to clarify their own understandings, perspectives, goals and targets for action within the setting.  

The amount of support to be provided by the mentor will vary according to the prior experience of the new headteacher, the school’s situation and support provided by other professionals, e.g. the LA, professional mentor or others. Some of the key goals of the process are:

  • Developing confidence, capability and trust
  • Enhancing effectiveness
  • Supporting effective professional learning
  • Creating learning relationships
  • Supporting personal change through reflection
  • Enhancing skills and strategies

A case study from Tom Snowdon Headteacher Swanton Morley VC Primary School


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