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

The dates for the rest of the year are as follows:

4th Feb AM

19th May AM

24th June PM

15th July PM

At present these meetigs are likely to be online, if we are able to do so later in the year we will convert back to in person meetings. 

Booking links will be added as soon as they are available. 

Mentoring

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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*Save the date*
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Highlight Keynotes including Diana Osagie, James Heale and Laura McInerney
Workshops, Exhibitors fair, food and beverages throughout the day
Evening dinner and overnight stay optional
Look out for more details being announced in July

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