The 6 new headteachers talk about the:
- importance of preparation for headship, including the good professional development and the value of previous experience as deputy or assistant headteachers
- loneliness and isolation of the role
- role of mentoring and networks
- practice of headship and the chief demands on new headteachers’ time and attention
- views of NPQH and teaching schools
- helping headteachers to prepare for headship more effectively
- making better use of the time leading up to the new headship
- enabling the prospective headteacher to spend time in the new school to gather information and build relationships with staff and governors
- continuing support for headteachers into their second year in post.
Detailed case studies of six new headteachers are included in the report alongside 4 vignettes of more experienced headteachers.