Support for new Headteachers is recognised as a priority by Oldham Local Authority. In order to provide this support, a Headteacher Induction Programme is both funded and commissioned by the LA. The programme is now well established and has been successfully delivered for over 5 years. The two year programme comprises of both face-to-face and mentor support including networking opportunities with other Oldham Heads and participation on Level 1 Coaching Programme.
Content for the face-to-face days includes shaping the culture of learning, enquiry, dialogue, reflection and performance in Oldham schools. The programme intends to build leadership capacity with a shared knowledge, understanding, language and skills base around leadership coaching and mentoring as well as sharpen self-evaluation and stimulate the necessary ‘on-the-job’ learning.
Mentors receive termly supervision and extended training to support personal learning and increase effectiveness in helping others within the group, and their own school setting.