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.
The dates for Headteacher Induction 2021-2022 are below, each meeting is 9am-12:30pm.
16th September 2021
9th November 2021
26th Jan 2022
16th March 2022
17th May 2022
23rd June 2022
At present these meetings are likely to be online, if we are able to do so later in the year we will convert back to in person meetings.
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