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New Headteacher Induction Programme

Moving to a New Headship (MTNH) programme

This programme supports those taking up their first headship and those moving to a new school in Hertfordshire as a head. It covers all phases and sectors: nursery, primary, middle, secondary, mainstream and special. /It is designed to assist the process of initiation to headship, and supports new headteachers in balancing the practical demands of their role with personal leadership development.

The programme consists of:

  • a comprehensive package of one day, half day and twilight training courses covering a range of key themes that heads will need to address
  • a Professional Partner (and experienced Hertfordshire head) allocated to coach and mentor each new head on the programme

Our Hertfordshire Professional Partners (HPPs) are specially trained to support new headteachers throughout their first year of headship. HPPs are serving headteachers of Hertfordshire schools graded good or outstanding, each with at least three years’ experience in headship. They attend regular training to keep their mentoring skills up to date.

We encourage all new Hertfordshire heads to join the MTNH programme.

Handing over Headship – A Toolkit for Schools

The toolkit is offered to Hertfordshire schools as an example of best practice in ensuring the smooth handover from one headteacher to another. For more information regarding the handover toolkit please email

Moving to a New Headship programme Academic year 2018-19





Course code

Invitation code

Pre Incumbency
A session for those appointed but not yet in post - initial welcome and sharing best practice for the first few days in headship

Trainers: Norah Tattersall, with Howard Freed and Rachel Macfarlane

Thursday 30th August 2018

9:30am           - 12:00pm



New heads’ formal welcome – an opportunity to meet other new heads from around the county, understanding the county council and HfL model, reflecting on the first week, meeting key advisers from HfL and providing an opportunity for the heads to meet their professional partners

Trainers: Howard Freed, Norah Tattersall and Rachel Macfarlane

Tuesday 18th September 2018

9.30am – 3.30pm



School Self Evaluation (SEF) 
2 days of training with gap task in between looking at creating a rigorous monitoring cycle, how to evaluate current practice and identify the priorities for the year, writing the SEF and school development planning

Trainers: Norah Tattersall and Richard Boulton

Please note this course is for Primary headteachers only

Day 1 – Thursday 11th October 2018


Day 2 -
Tuesday 6th November 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm



Effective use of data
Making effective use of data – a day helping the heads to understand the attainment and progress data for their school, gaining a deeper understanding of how cohorts and groups are achieving compared to national and county averages

Trainer: Ben Fuller

Please note this course is for Primary headteachers only


Thursday 27th September 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm



Health and Safety
This course aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding health and safety in schools and promote a proportionate and risk-based approach to safety.
It will provide new headteachers with an overview of health and safety management and key risk areas where management control and oversight should be focussed

Trainer: James Ottery


Wednesday 3rd October 2018

9:30am – 12:30pm



Effective confrontation
This day will enable new headteachers to:   learn skills and strategies to manage and practice effective confrontation to improve and maintain good relationships and prevent difficulties escalating

Trainers: Howard Freed, with Rachel Macfarlane

Wednesday 14th November 2018

9:00am – 4:00 pm



Working with Governors
A twilight session looking at how to welcome the governors’ challenge and support in equal measure and provide information, enabling them to fulfil their role.  Your chair of governors is invited to attend with you

Trainer: Kathy Dunnett

Thursday           22nd November 2018

4:00pm – 7:00 pm



Human Resources
A twilight session delivered by HR services and will provide an introduction to the HR advisory service together with additional HR support that is available to you as a subscriber. This session will also cover topical HR issues currently facing schools and how HR can support you

Trainer: David Windridge

Thursday 6th December 2018

4:00pm – 6:00pm




Training sessions are held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage unless otherwise stated.

The complete new headteacher induction package costs 1800 for the comprehensive training programme and a Hertfordshire Professional Partner (HPP).

To book on the training programme courses please visit

For further information on the programme please contact: