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.

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

Announcement

Booking is now open for our Spring Leadership Updates - agenda to follow shortly. 

Secondary leaders have the opportunity to attend a meeting in the second half of each term in 2019-2020, this meeting is held at;

Wensum Valley Hotel, Golf and Country Club, Beech Avenue, Taverham, Norwich, NR8 6HP.

This meeting is 8:15am-11am (with refreshments) - 4th March 2020

Primary leaders also have the opportunity to attend a meeting in the second half of each term in 2019-2020. Due to the number of primary leaders, we currently offer this in 4 different locations; 

Central - Wensum Valley Hotel, Golf and Country Club, Beech Avenue, Taverham, Norwich, NR8 6HP - 26th February 2020

North - Holt Hall, Kelling Road, Holt, NR25 6RT  - 28th February 2020

East - Great Yarmouth Racecourse, Jellicoe Rd, Great Yarmouth, NR30 4AU - 6th March 2020

West - The Dukes Head Hotel, 5-6 Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn, PE30 1JS - 10th March 2020

*There is limited disabled access here, please let Becky know if you need this access*

(parking is at the rear of the hotel, please remember to log your vechile at reception on arrival)

All meetings are 1pm - 3:30pm with refreshments. 

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