Headteacher support

New Headteacher support

New Headteacher Support

Buckinghamshire Council and the Buckinghamshire Academy for School Leadership (BASL) work together to provide a programme of support for those new to headship in Buckinghamshire.

The programme includes:

  • Free Early Career Headship Programme
  • Free CPD events
  • Free BASL membership
  • Free mentoring by an experienced Buckinghamshire Headteacher

Events are by invitation and you will be contacted on an individual basis.

For more information about the offer, or to provide information about a recent appointment, please contact us at 

Early Career Headship Programme

We are pleased to offer a support programme which includes CPD sessions, School Improvement guidance and a welcome to the Buckinghamshire Council support teams. These will be a mixture of online and face-to-face sessions where new headteachers will receive guidance in topics such as wellbeing, safeguarding, finance, HR, governors and admissions. Several sessions have been split into Primary and Secondary phases to ensure the information is appropriate.

CPD sessions will focus on wellbeing, people-management and building relationships. School Improvement sessions will be led by the BC Advisers and guests and cover topics such as ‘The Role of the Headteacher’, ‘Leadership and Management of Safeguarding’ and ‘Preparing for Ofsted’.

See the full list of events here: Early Career Headship Programme 2023-24


Thursday 7th September 1.30 – 3.30 - Welcome to Buckinghamshire

BASL Seminars, presenters TBC:

Friday 29th September 9.30 – 12.00

Friday 1st December 9.30 – 12.00

Friday 26th January 9.30 – 12.00

Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd March – Annual Conference

Friday 3rd May 9.30 – 12.00

Friday 28th June – End of Year Celebration

BASL Membership

As a new headteacher or a headteacher new to Buckinghamshire your school is offered free BASL membership for the academic year. 

BASL membership offers you discounted:

  • rate for the BASL Annual Conference for School Leaders
  • access to a programme of up to 5 half‐day leadership seminars this academic year

See further details for BASL Membership


Buckinghamshire Council funding enables BASL to offer up to 12 hours face to face mentoring to new headteachers over their first three terms in post. 

If you choose to accept this offer, you will be paired with an experienced headteacher who has completed mentor training.

Contact Hazel David for further information

Headteacher Handbook

For further information of the support provided by the teams in Buckinghamshire please view the Headteacher Handbook

BASL Board

For further details and members visit BASL Board

Contact us


Telephone: 01296 383 030 or 07824 482570


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