Stepping into Headship: Navigating Personal Transformation with the NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme

If you’re an aspiring deputy head or a newly appointed headteacher, you’re on the brink of an incredible journey – a journey that will challenge you, inspire you, and shape you into a leader who can make a real difference in the world of education. The path to headship is filled with excitement and anticipation, but it can also be accompanied by a sense of apprehension. How do you navigate this transformative experience effectively? The NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme is here to guide you through.

The Transformative Experience of Headship

Stepping into headship isn’t just about assuming a new title or occupying a different office; it’s a profound personal transformation. You’re not just taking on more responsibilities; you’re embarking on a journey that will change how you see yourself and the world around you.

This is a time when you’ll need to:

Navigate Unfamiliar Territory: Your new role comes with unfamiliar challenges, from managing staff to making strategic decisions. The NEU Leadership Horizons Programme provides you with the tools and insights to navigate this terrain with confidence.

Build Meaningful Relationships: Effective leadership is built on relationships. You’ll need to connect with your team, students, parents, and the community. Our programme helps you develop the interpersonal skills needed to build strong and positive relationships.

Establish Effective Structures: As a leader, you’ll be responsible for creating systems and structures that support your school’s success. We’ll equip you with the knowledge and strategies to establish these frameworks efficiently.

Why Choose the NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme?

At this critical juncture in your career, choosing the right programme is essential. Here’s why the NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme stands out:

  • Personalised Support: We understand that every leader’s journey is unique. That’s why our programme is tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re struggling with confidence, dealing with imposter syndrome, or seeking a better work-life balance, our programme provides personalised support.
  • Collaboration with Integrity Coaching: In partnership with Integrity Coaching, the NEU brings you a highly subsidised Early Headship Programme. This collaboration ensures that you receive coaching and guidance from experts who understand the challenges of educational leadership.
  • No Added Workload: We recognize that your plate is already full with the demands of leadership. That’s why our programme is designed to provide you with reflective spaces for growth without adding to your workload. There are no coursework or assessments; it’s about your personal and professional development.

Programme Overview & Benefits

Our programme includes:

  • Two Leadership Development Sessions: These sessions, scheduled at the beginning and end of the programme, offer foundational and concluding insights.
  • Four Personalized 1:1 Coaching Sessions: These confidential sessions help you explore role-related challenges and find tailored solutions in areas such as vision, values, beliefs, and behaviours.

Benefits of Joining

By joining the NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme, you’ll gain:

  • Enhanced self-awareness and emotional intelligence to address contemporary challenges.
  • Increased confidence and the ability to manage your emotions and those of others effectively.
  • Deep insights into the personal narratives shaping your leadership journey.
  • A strong knowledge of well-being and strategies to maintain it.

Testimonials from Past Participants

Here’s what participants from the 2022/23 cohort had to say:

“I would describe my coaching as having been transformational.”

“I’m in a much better place. Becoming aware that my experiences aren’t unique has really helped. I now have a lot more confidence in my ability to do my job, my resilience has improved, and I’m managing more the way I want to run the school rather than how I felt I was expected to.”

“Coaching has been amazing and really helped to unpick my doubts and fears.”

Are You Ready to Embark on This Transformative Journey?

Stepping into headship is a momentous step in your career. Elevate your leadership with the NEU Leadership Horizons Programme. Seize this opportunity to thrive in early headship and become the leader you aspire to be. Sign up before December 8th to secure your spot.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to support you on your leadership journey.


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