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 free induction process will welcome you to Norfolk, introduce you to other 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 in Norfolk. 

Induction is via a rolling programme, each term there is a session held to which all newly appointed headteachers from the last 12 months are invited. These are generally September, January and May.

During each session Norfolk experts deliver workshops in their field of expertise, with the opportunity for you to speak to them one on one about specific concerns related to your schoo, examples are HR, Safeguarding and Governance. These sessions offer the invaluable opportunity to meet not only other heads to begin building a network, but key Norfolk personnel and providers, all of whom you will likley call on in your first few years of headship.

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 most welcome to.

Dates and booking for 2020-2021

Online Welcome – 17th September

We would like to start the year by gathering new heads together, firstly to officially congratulate you on your new post, but also to talk about how we can support you best.  

The first, short meeting is on Thursday 17th September from 10am – 11am.  Sara Tough, Director of Children’s Services and Jess Balado, Co-Chair of Educate Norfolk will welcome you. 

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The subsequent days will build on the welcome day and focus on themes identified by leaders. Dates TBC

Heads 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 Kirsty Savage - please contact Kirsty kirsty@educatenorfolk.co.uk to arrange. 


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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