NPQH Early Headship Coaching Offer

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Free, tailored support for new headteachers.

Register your interest for our next programmes starting in October.  

  • Free, targeted package of support for new headteachers.
  • One-to-one coaching to help you face the known challenges new headteachers experience.
  • Peer networking.
  • Ongoing support from an experienced school leader.
  • Practical guidance focused on your school’s particular circumstances.

Become more confident and effective as a headteacher through tailored support.

Benefits

Free, targeted package of support for new headteachers 

DfE funding is available to all state school headteachers.  

One-to-one coaching to help you face the known challenges new headteachers experience  

You’ll receive one-to-one coaching to help you reflect on the impact your NPQH learning can have on your leadership practice. 

Ongoing support from an experienced school leader 

A confidential, safe space to reflect and discuss personal or school priorities with your Teach First support role - an experienced former school leader and trained coach.  

Practical guidance focused on your school’s particular circumstances 

You’ll be supported to identify key goals and step back to consider what improvements you want to implement in you school. 

Peer networking  

There are opportunities for networking throughout the programme, ensuring you are well connected beyond your own school community. 

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Programme

Is the Early Headship Coaching Offer for me? 

The Early Headship Coaching Offer is for headteachers new to the role of headship. You are eligible for this support package if you:  

  • work in a state-funded school  
  • are in your first five years of headship  
  • have previously done an NPQH / are applying for an NPQH / are currently doing an NPQH – with us or another provider.  

How does the Early Headship Coaching Offer work? 

It is a targeted package of additional support tailored to the needs of headteachers new to the role of headship. It provides structured, unassessed face-to-face support based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective headteacher. You can complete it alongside your NPQH or as a standalone.  

The support lasts for twelve months, and you will receive five coaching calls across that time with one of our Achievement Partners (experienced former school leaders).  

What will I learn? 

Each session is tailored to you and your needs; there is no set curriculum. Sessions are led by you and can be focused on your own priorities, e.g. difficult conversations, staffing, self-development, or school priorities such as behaviour, culture and effective implementation. There is also an opportunity to connect and network with other headteachers where priorities align. 

What are the training commitments? 

The support lasts for twelve months, and you will receive five coaching calls across that time. There is no pre-work or preparation needed for sessions other than personal reflection time and the Early Headship Coaching Offer is not linked to any other channel or assessment. 

Will I be assessed? 

No, this programme is not assessed. 

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We spoke to current Early Headship Coaching Offer programme member Matthew Sadler, headteacher at Hampstead school, for a summary of his experience so far.  

Why did you choose to apply for the Early Headship Coaching Offer for new headteachers? 

Starting a new headship in the midst of the pandemic was hugely challenging and made it an even more isolated role. As I started my second year, I was keen to access additional support. 

Why did you choose Teach First? 

My experience of Teach First – in both teacher training and school leadership programmes – is one of high quality. 

Can you describe the support you’re getting? 

Personalised mentoring and coaching support, with access to opportunities offered by Teach First and its networks. 

What are the benefits (so far) of the support you’re receiving? 

Creating the space and time to reflect on progress and consider next steps. 

How does the Early Headship Coaching Offer fit around your day job? Is the time commitment manageable?  

It is manageable time wise and the flexibility around timings of sessions is very helpful. 

What is different about this programme compared to the NPQH?  

It takes what was for me the most powerful part of my NPQH, the one-to-one coaching and mentoring, and makes it the prime focus. 

Would you recommend the Early Headship Coaching Offer to other new headteachers? Why? 

Yes – it provides a layer of support from an objective voice. 

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Cost

DfE funding   

Full DfE funding is available if you meet the following criteria:  

  • work in a state-funded school  
  • are in your first five years of headship  
  • have previously done an NPQH / are applying for an NPQH / are currently doing an NPQH with us or another provider.

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Is my school eligible? 

While NPQs are open to all teachers and leaders in schools in England, we prioritise working with schools that teach a high number of pupils from low-income backgrounds.  

Our criteria are agreed with the Department for Education (DfE) and used to identify schools that will benefit most from working with us. We use the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) and Pupil Premium (PP) information for each school to guide us.  

We work with schools that are ranked in the top 70% most deprived areas (based on IDACI) and where the proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium is in the top 50% of all state-funded schools.  

If your school is affiliated to one of our NPQ delivery partners, your school is automatically eligible to take part. Contact the relevant delivery partner for further information. 

If you’re not sure whether your school is eligible, or if you think your school would benefit from our support but doesn’t match the standard eligibility criteria above, please email us at TFSLP@teachfirst.org.uk. 

What are the programme start dates? 

Thank you for your interest in our NPQ programmes. We’re excited to be a lead provider alongside our delivery partners of the refreshed suite of NPQ programmes.  

Applications will open in early June for our programmes starting in October 2022. As a first step: 

  • If you are an individual, please register your interest by completing this short form. 
  • If you are a school, please complete this form.

Once applications open in early June, we will be in touch with you to complete our application form. 

If your school is part of one of our delivery partners, please find out more and register your interest directly with the relevant delivery partner.

How to apply 

Applications will open in early June for our programmes starting in October 2022. As a first step, please register your interest by completing this short form. Please select the “Additional Support Offer” option to register your interest in the Early Headship Coaching Offer. 

Once applications open in early June, we will be in touch with you to complete our application form. 

If your school is part of one of our delivery partners, please find out more and register your interest directly with the relevant delivery partner.

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