Preparing for Deputy Headship in an Independent School(809)

Provider: Dragonfly Training
£260.00 + VAT

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Description Practical tips to become an effective Deputy Head
Duration 9am - 3pm

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Leadership and Management, Early Years/Foundation, Management, Out of school
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Are you ready to apply for a Deputy Headship in an Independent School?

What are the strengths you’ll bring to the role? and

What will you need to do differently?

This course is a must for any aspiring deputy head.  Deputy headship is one of the most multi-faceted roles in any industry, not just education.  To be effective you need through preparation and training, which this course will provide.    Not only will this enable you to take up a new post with confidence it will also equip you with the necessary ideas to succeed at interview.  The emphasis throughout the course is on providing practical and useful tips, focusing on real life situations. 

 A complete overview of the many aspects of a deputy head’s role provides the backdrop to the course.  There’s a raft of whole school issues to take on board; unfamiliar curriculum areas for example or pastoral issues that might not yet have come your way.  Monitoring and evaluating students’ or staff performance, deputising for the head, dealing with the public – these will all come your way and those around you will depend on you being able to take these in your stride from day one.  This is followed by a look at how to secure the post in the first place, ranging from the application itself, through the selection processes and deciding whether you want the job or not!  The last session deals with a toolkit for personal success.  You’ll learn how to manage others and how to manage yourself. How to  decide when and how to keep your distance and when to get involved.  We finish with a short exploration of the possible difficulties you might encounter.  These include dealing with difficult staff, unreasonable parents or driving change.

 Whether you see deputy headship as your career goal or as a step closer to headship this course will inspire you and develop your existing skills further.

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This Course Aims to:

  • Enhance your understanding of the role of a deputy head within an independent school
  • Enable you to apply successfully for your first deputy headship
  • Give you the confidence to deal with the difficulties of the job at both an interview and as? operational lead.
  • Develop your skills to lead and manage others as well as? managing your own workload 
How users/participants can evaluate success

Course Outline:

Session 1: Myth busting and clarification

  • What Inspectors do and do not look for
  • Clarifying the elements of excellent lessons
  • Targeting the usual suspects - avoiding the most frequent criticisms
  •  Creating a rubric for excellence in teaching without stifling essential differences


Session 2: The ‘Usual Suspects’ (1)

  • Marking and Feedback - how to make your school’s version excellent
  • Avoiding marking overload and inspection fever
  •  How to focus on Feedforward
  •  How prove your marking is effective

Session 3: The ‘Usual Suspects’ (2)

  • Stretch and challenge all pupils
  • Differentiation as an effective process - not 'death by worksheet’
  • Using the ‘Adaptive teaching model’ to differentiate
  • Putting it all into practice


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Trainer: Thomas Packer


Date Location Details
Nov 30, 2017 09:00 Novotel London West - Info
Mar 16, 2018 09:00 Manchester - Info
Mar 28, 2018 09:00 London - Info