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Leadership News and Events
Last updated 9 May, 2013
See also Transformation News for Schools - information on changes to children's services and school improvement as part of the HCC transformation programme
Aspiring to Leadership in Special Schools - 21st May 2013 New
Letchworth Hall Hotel
A FREE half day event: 9am - 12.30pm
It is important to encourage and develop the next cohort of special school leaders as current demographics suggest many heads will retire in the next few years. The event will be a chance to hear from current special school Headteachers about the realities of the role.
Download flyer with details of the programme:
For further information please contact Danielle Wallington,
Headteacher Update Presentations - Spring Term 2013
The presentations from the Spring Term Headteacher Update on 27th February 2013 are now available on the Grid:
Standards and Quality in Hertfordshire Schools 2012
The annual report on standards and quality in Hertfordshire schools was presented to Hertfordshire’s Education and Skills Cabinet Panel on 5th February 2013. It provides an overview of the quality of work in Hertfordshire schools and early years settings.....
Headteacher Conference Dates for 2013
Secondary Heads Residential - Thursday 7th & Friday 8th March 2013 - Down Hall Hotel, Hatfield Heath.
Secondary Heads Half Day - Friday 22nd November 2013 - Venue TBC
Special Residential - Thursday 26th & Friday 28th September 2013 - Venue TBC
Primary Residential - Thursday 10th & Friday 11th October - Venue TBC
Teaching Agency and National College set to Merge
Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced that the Teaching Agency and National College for School Leadership will merge to create a single agency, focussed on promoting high-quality teaching and school leadership.
New Headteacher Induction
The Hertfordshire induction programme for new headteachers is designed to assist the process of initiation to headship, introduce colleagues (where appropriate) to Hertfordshire County Council Children's Services, and support colleagues in balancing the practical demands of their new role with personal leadership development.
National Professional Qualifications for Senior and Middle Leadership offered through Leadership East
Leadership East holds licences from the National College (in School Leadership) for the delivery of both the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and the National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership (NPQML). These qualifications are part of the National College’s new modular curriculum, which is designed to offer more flexible development opportunities to support leaders at every stage of their career.
For more information on the qualifications, scholarships available and delivery to school clusters visit:
DfE Mandatory Requirements Implementation Timelines
Implementation timelines for schools and colleges that make clear when mandatory requirements are coming into force and include other important information to help school leaders, governors and teachers plan for the year ahead.
NFER: Curriculum and Qualification Needs of Young People who are at Risk of Disengagement: A Practical Guide for Headteachers
This document offers practical guidance for school leaders based on findings from the NFER publication Review of the curriculum and qualification needs of young people who are at risk of disengagement:
Inspection Shadowing Scheme for Aspiring Leaders
To mark Black History Month and Diversity Awareness Month this October, we highlight a successful shadowing programme that has benefited more than 150 Black and Asian school and college leaders since 2004. Jointly delivered by Ofsted, the National College for School Leadership, and the Network for Black Professionals, the Black Leadership Initiative gives school and college staff the opportunity to shadow Ofsted inspectors and gain a good understanding of the inspection process.
Ofsted Changes to Inspections - September 2012
Ofsted announced the results of its consultation on changes to the way it inspects schools, further education and skills, and initial teacher education in May 2012. The changes, which come into effect from 1 September 2012, are intended to support headteachers and principals in their work to provide the best possible education for pupils and learners.
The following page on the Grid has links to the latest information from Ofsted:
School Improvement and the Local Authority - Research Papers
ADCS April 2012: The Missing Link: the evolving role of the local authority in school improvement:
National College: Creating a Self-improving School System
Professor David H Hargreaves has written a thinkpiece for the National College, 'Creating a self-improving school system'.
As education professionals are increasingly trusted to drive their own improvement, the thinkpiece explores the implications of this and seeks to define the key features of a successful self-improving system as well as the steps needed to shape it. Professor Hargreaves says that higher calibre school leadership and an increase in the number of partnerships between schools presents an opportunity for a new vision of school improvement. The College's local solutions approach to succession planning – with activity taking place across networks of schools in the local authority or dioceses – is identified as being responsive to local circumstances while our school leadership provision is making leadership development a largely self-generating enterprise, grounded in networks of schools.
Performance Management Resources: A Practical Guide to Performance Management Review
Some changes have been made to PRS Resources in light of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (2007) and the official launch of the professional standards for teachers in September.