Early Headship Coaching Offer

Early Headship Coaching Offer for new Headteachers

We are delighted to be partnering with Teach First to provide this programme.

What is the Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO)?

The support offer is available to those in their first five years of headship, who have either completed the new/reformed NPQ before becoming a head, are applying for a NPQH OR are currently taking the existing NPQH. The EHCO will be a targeted package of support aimed at new headteachers, and based on the content of the new NPQH, which has been reformed to ensure it is underpinned by the latest and best evidence.

Who is it for?

You are eligible for this targeted support package if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Are in your first five years of headship
  2. Are employed in a state-funded school, or are employed in a state-funded organisation that offers 16-19 places in England upon starting the training
  3. Have either completed a national professional qualification for headship (NPQH) before taking up your first headship post, are applying for a NPQH or are currently taking the NPQH
  4. Have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously

Programme details

  • Programme Length: 12 or 24 months
  • Programme Start Dates: October 2024
  • Brochure: Teach First

Programme cost

For the Early Headship Coaching Offer, DfE funding to cover the course fees will be available if you are in your first 5 years of headship in England in a state-funded school or state-funded 16 to 19 organisation. You should also be doing or have done the Headship NPQ. 

For non-funded school settings, the cost of the Early Headship Coaching Offer is £800.

What will I learn?

This is a targeted package of support tailored to the needs of headteachers new to the role of headship. It provides bespoke, un-assessed support based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective headteacher. It is a personalised learning journey, prioritising headteachers' wellbeing and personal development as a school leader and supporting them through local networks.

Programme Breakdown

Your Learning Journey

Programme delivery is conducted over 12-24 months of one-to-one support from an experienced school leader. There is no assessment and minimal preparation time for sessions.

How will I benefit?

Throughout the Early Headship Coaching Offer, you will:

  • Receive one-to-one coaching to help you face the known challenges new headteachers experience.
  • Have a confidential, safe space to reflect and discuss personal or school priorities with an experienced former school leader and trained coach.
  • Receive practical guidance focused on your school's particular circumstances.
  • Be supported to identify key goals and step back to consider what improvements you want to implement in your school.
  • Network with both new and experienced headteachers to create communities of practice for the long term.