Aspiring to Headship

Date Venue Price Places left Book places
  • Mon, 19/06/2017 - 08:30 to Wed, 12/07/2017 - 08:30
Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance

Target Group

A programme for Deputy Headteachers and Assistant Headteachers who have an ambition to become a Headteacher in the near future.

Course Objectives

This programme is designed as a series of stand-alone but connected workshops, each addressing a key area of leadership which a new Headteacher will need to address within their first year in post.

Applicants may elect to attend one workshop, a selection or the entire suite of workshops. The workshops are designed to allow delegates to personalise their own programme of professional development, in preparation for headship.


You can choose from the following options:

  • An individual session (half day): £190

  • An individual session (full day): £350

  • 4 half day sessions of your choice: £700

  • 3 half day sessions plus the full day session: £850

  • All 8 sessions: £1,500

Course Content

  1. Vision to Reality - a model for strategic change.

    What is a vision and what is its purpose?

    How do we translate vision into relevant and achievable goals?

    How do we make change happen and make it stick?


    Date: Monday, 19th June 2017,  8.30-12.30


  2. Good to Outstanding Teaching

    Establishing a common understanding and language for what outstanding teaching is.

    What systems are needed to enable this to be realised in practice?

    Using data effectively; ensuring data is accurate, relevant and fit for purpose.


    Date: Tuesday, 20th June 2017,  8.30-12.30


  3. Securing Accountability

    Appraisal as a mechanism to secure good performance

    Linking accountability to pay progression

    Capability procedure – what it is, how it works, and when it is used.

    Dealing with challenging people


    Date: Monday, 26th June 2017,  8.30-12.30


  4. Building Social Capital - whole day workshop

    Leading through others

    Building a socially effective climate for change

    Delegation, motivation, teamwork, empowerment and recognition

    Maintaining a motivated workforce.


    Date: Tuesday, 27th June 2017,  8.30-3.30



  5. Working with Governors

    What is the role of the Governing Body?

    What information do they need?

    Effective communication with Governors




    Date: Wednesday, 5th July 2017,  8.30-12.30


  6. Outstanding Leadership

    What does this mean in practice?

    Shaping the role of the Headteacher

    Developing a culture of outstanding leadership in the school

    Building leadership capacity to sustain improvement


    Date: Friday, 7th July 2017,  8.30-12.30



  7. Leading Effective meetings




    Ensuring effective outcomes


    Date: Tuesday, 11th July 2017,  8.30-12.30



  8. The first 6 months of Headship

    Making your mark – when and how?

    Establishing an induction programme

    Developing relationships

    Making decisions about change

    Managing your time


    Date: Wednesday, 12th July 2017,  8.30-12.30

Course Downloads

Aspiring to Headship Final version (2).pdf

Course facilitator

Ruth Winterson

Ruth Winterson

Ruth Winterson        

Headteacher of 2 large secondary comprehensive schools, urban and rural:1987 – 2007

Independent consultant 2007 to present day working in all phases with Headteachers, senior leadership teams, middle leaders and Governors.

NCSL Coach, Facilitator, and Assessor for the full range of leadership programmes: 2004 - 2015

School  Advisor  to 6 schools in the Cheshire Area, including consultancy, and leadership coaching.

Headship and Deputy Headship appraisals and appointments


Recent Commissions

  • Ellesmere Port Catholic High School ; improving impact and effectiveness of SLT and middle leaders

  • St Thomas More Catholic High School, Crewe: developing the leadership capacity of SLT and ML teams

  • Tarporley High School : giving effective feedback

  • Cheshire Vale TSA: aspiring senior leaders programme

Stephen Webb

Stephen Webb

Head teacher of a 3FE Primary School 1988-2009

NCSL Coach, Facilitator and Assessor on NPQH and a wide range of Middle & Senior Leadership programmes:2004-15

Independent Consultant 2009 to present day working in Primary, Secondary and Special schools in the N.W. of England with Head teachers, Senior Leadership teams, Middle Leaders and Governors. Also, commissioned to deliver training by Teaching Schools in the Cheshire.


Programme themes:

Building leadership capacity and impact, including coaching.

Accountable leadership.

Leading strategic improvement and change.


Recent commissions:

  • Ellesmere Port Catholic High School: improving impact and effectiveness of SLT, Middle & Pastoral Leaders 2014-16.

  • St Thomas More Catholic High, Crewe.: developing leadership capacity of SLT & ML team 2015-16.

  • Trafford Primary School Cluster: Developing Middle & Senior Leaders Programmes 2014-17

  • Halton Primary School Cluster: Developing Middle Leaders Programmes 2012-17

  • Cumbria Primary School Cluster: Developing Middle & Senior Leaders Programmes 2012-17

  • Teaching school: Cheshire Vale TSA: Aspiring Senior Leaders programme 2015-16

  • Teaching school CLTA: Various leadership programmes including coaching & appraisal.

Add new comment