Thriving in Early Headship: Why Choose the NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme

Early headship is a dynamic and transformative phase in an educational leader’s career. It’s a time when you transition from being a deputy head to taking on the full responsibilities of a headteacher. While it’s an exciting journey, it can also be filled with unique challenges. To help you not just survive but thrive in early headship, consider the NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme as your indispensable companion.

The Unique Challenges of Early Headship

Early headship is a period marked by newfound responsibilities, increased expectations, and the need to make critical decisions that shape your school’s future. It’s a time when you must lead with confidence, navigate complex situations, and inspire your team – all while staying true to your vision and values.

During this phase, you may encounter challenges such as:

Imposter Syndrome: It’s common for leaders to doubt their abilities when taking on new roles. You might wonder if you’re truly prepared for headship. Our programme helps you overcome these doubts and build the confidence you need.

Maintaining Your Passion: As you take on administrative and managerial tasks, it’s easy to lose sight of the passion that led you to education in the first place. Our programme helps you stay connected to your purpose and passion.

Balancing Work and Life: Educational leadership can be demanding, often blurring the lines between work and personal life. Our programme equips you with strategies to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Why Choose the NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme?

Here’s why the NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme is the perfect choice for leaders who are about to step into headship or for those who are in early headship:

Personalised Support: We understand that your journey is unique. That’s why our programme offers personalised support tailored to your specific needs and challenges. We’re here to help you address the issues that matter most to you.

Collaboration with Integrity Coaching: Our partnership ensures that you receive coaching and guidance from experts who understand the nuances of educational leadership and have strong track records in providing exemplary coaching for hundreds of school leaders.

No Added Workload: We know that your time is precious. That’s why our programme is designed to provide reflective spaces for growth without adding to your already demanding workload. There are no additional coursework or assessments; it’s about your personal and professional development.

Programme Overview & Benefits

Our programme includes:

Two Leadership Development Sessions: These sessions, held at the beginning and end of the programme, provide foundational and concluding insights to enhance your leadership journey.

Four Personalized 1:1 Coaching Sessions: These confidential sessions offer you a safe space to explore role-related challenges and find customised solutions in areas such as vision, values, beliefs, and behaviours.

Benefits of Joining

By enrolling in the NEU’s Leadership Horizons Programme, you’ll reap numerous benefits:

Enhanced self-awareness and emotional intelligence: Equip yourself to tackle contemporary challenges effectively.

Increased confidence: Develop the confidence to lead with conviction and make difficult decisions.

Insights into personal narratives: Understand how your experiences shape your leadership journey.

Well-being strategies: Gain the knowledge and tools needed to maintain your well-being.

Testimonials from Past Participants

Hear from participants of the 2022/23 cohort:

“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.”

Ready to Thrive in Early Headship?

Early headship is a momentous phase in your career. Make the most of it with the NEU Leadership Horizons Programme. Seize the opportunity to thrive as an educational leader. Sign up before December 8th to secure your place.

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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