Research and analysis

Experiences of new headteachers in cities

Read about the experiences of 6 new headteachers in different urban contexts.

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Experiences of new headteachers in cities

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Experiences of new headteachers in cities - executive summary

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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

Recommendations include:

  • 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.