The DES continues to offer leadership training to newly appointed Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers. Training for aspiring leaders is delivered with the support of Teaching Schools, which now receive funding for leadership development. The DES also intends to increase the number and scope of training opportunities offered in the next academic year. This is because the need to recruit, retain and train school leaders remains a key priority within the DES, with senior staff regularly involved in organising leadership development opportunities and Headship and Deputy Headship appointments. The latter are becoming increasingly important as we seek to identify future Headteachers and Principals for our schools. All schools are therefore asked to inform the DES, not only when a Head Teacher is being appointed, but also when a Deputy is being appointed.
HEADTEACHER BRIEFING DAYS
As part of the new DES services we are offering termly headteacher briefing sessions for all our schools. The purpose is to provide regular updates on all matters affecting Catholic education both nationally and locally at diocesan level, including the diocesan academy strategy.
Through these meetings we hope to provide the opportunity for headteachers to meet and discuss the information provided and to network with colleagues from across the diocese.
We aim to ensure that key DES officers will be able to deliver key presentations on these days and be available during the day for headteachers to consult and with as and when required.
There will also be guest speakers delivering presentations during the year on a range of key issues affecting our schools.
Places are limited to one per school and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
It is expected that all headteachers make every effort to attend these briefings in order to receive important information on key issues affecting all of our schools.
The autumn briefings have now finished; attended by more than two thirds of the headteachers and principals in the diocese
Future dates of headteacher briefings for your diary:-
Spring Term 2017:
Monday 27th February; Tuesday 28th February; Thursday 2nd March, Friday 3rd March
Summer Term 2017:
Monday 19th June; Wednesday 21st June, Friday 23rd June and Monday 26th June;
Headteachers can book their place by clicking here