Together we Exceed

Stepping Up: Aspiring Head of School / Headteacher Programme Cohort 1

Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools have secured funding from the DfE to deliver a ‘Stepping Up’ programme to schools leaders in Bradford. Over 60 school leaders have registered for three cohorts of the programme. Cohorts 1 and 2 are now complete. The impact on cohort 1 is summarised below:

  • Baseline assessment showed participants on average felt they were a maximum of 24.4 months away from being ready for headship
  • On completion of the programme, this reduced to 18.4 months
  • One participants time to headship increased – from 36 to 60 months. This is still a positive outcome – it potentially helped a leader to avoid taking the step to headship too early in their career
  • On a scale of 0-10, with 10 meaning ‘ready now’, the assessment of readiness for headship increased from an average of 5.4 to 8.1 on completion of the programme
  • Strong peer support established – participants remain in contact with each other and have undertaken visits to each other’s schools outside of the programme
  • One participant has secured Head of School post in Calderdale. Very positive feedback on the impact of the programme on his ability to secure the post
  • One Assistant Headteacher has taken the step up interim Deputy Headteacher in his substantive school
  • One Deputy Headteacher has become interim Head of School in a MAT school
  • Two have become ‘Associate Headteacher’ whilst substantive Headteacher transitions to become a CEO
Children playing at one of our Exceed schools

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