New Headteacher Support

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Buckinghamshire Council works with the Buckinghamshire Academy of School Leadership (BASL) to provide an induction programme for new Headteachers in their first year. The offer is entitled Early Career Headship and is open to all new Headteachers in Buckinghamshire, regardless of school status or whether Headteachers are new to headship or just new to Buckinghamshire.

The programme includes:

  • Welcome to Buckinghamshire Event in summer term;
  • Early Career Headteachers Introduction to Buckinghamshire Council teams and the Programme;
  • School Improvement led sessions including informal drop-ins
  • CPD events throughout the year led by external consultants and SIS Advisers
  • BASL Membership for the year – access to BASL’s programme of seminars and a reduced rate for the BASL Annual Conference.

Additional support will be offered to individuals who are new to headship.

  • Mentoring support – 12 hours face-to-face support for each new Headteacher plus unlimited telephone and email support.

The programme runs from September to July across the academic year. Headteachers appointed during the year can either join the programme mid-way or wait to join the following year’s cohort.


Mentors are experienced Buckinghamshire Headteachers who volunteer for the role. They receive training and their school is reimbursed for the agreed time given as mentors.

If you would be interested in becoming a BASL Mentor please contact Hazel David at

Key Contact
Hazel David

School Engagement Officer
07824 482570

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