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Code: OTSA/19/62 Early Headship Programme 2019/20

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the Oxfordshire Early Headship Programme. OTSA and OCC recognise that early headship is a critical phase in a leaders’ development and in the development of a school.

This programme will address key leadership themes, provide the opportunity for headteachers in their first or second year of headship to connect with each other and engage in solution-focused activities as well as providing one-to-one coaching support from an experienced headteacher. Through investing in this programme for the headteacher the school is investing in its future.

Leadership Themes
You will attend a series of six termly face-to-face sessions each focusing on a key leadership theme. Each session will provide materials, resources and activities to support school based learning, and of course excellent networking opportunities. This strand of the programme will be jointly led by experienced headteachers, Tracey Smith and Tina Farr. There will also be contributions from other experienced and successful headteachers.

1:1 Coaching
Coaching is recognised as highly effective professional development, particularly for leadership roles. Research shows that coaching improves performance, increases confidence and motivation, develops and enhances leadership skills and helps leaders deal with the challenges of their role such as managing teams, improving relationships and making good decisions. This strand of the programme will provide you with an experienced colleague, and OTSA trained coach, who will listen to you and help you to shape your identity as a school leader. You will take part in up to 6 one-hour coaching sessions over the year arranged at mutually convenient times and locations.


Leadership theme workshops:

Coaching only

Workshops & Coaching

*The reduced rates are contingent on participants attending all of the sessions for the programme/s to which they have committed. Should a participant miss a session due to foreseen or avoidable circumstances the full fee will become payable. The cost of the subsidy is being met by Oxfordshire Strategic Schools Partnership (OSSP). There is no cost to schools for being a partner in OTSA.

Note: It is possible to enrol at any point throughout the year onto the EHP, so if you would like to make a booking please contact us at info@otsa.org.uk

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 1 October 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map
2 Wednesday 6 November 2019 09:15 - 12:15 New Marston Primary School Map
3 Tuesday 14 January 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map
4 Tuesday 17 March 2020 09:15 - 12:15 TBC Map
5 Tuesday 28 April 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map
6 Tuesday 16 June 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/92 Growing Future Leaders

To apply please read through the prospectus and complete the application form. Once completed send to info@otsa.org.uk

The Growing Future Leaders Programme is designed to help develop outstanding school leaders for the future – the next generation of headteachers who are capable and confident in working in a very different environment to the historic models of leadership in schools. The programme will develop potential at any stage of a teacher’s career and sustain and reinforce personal ambition and professional aspiration in order to create a cohort of leaders committed to securing excellence for all in our schools.

While it is concerned with the future of leadership the programme is also designed to enhance participants’ current practice and make a direct impact on their school and, in particular, develop confidence in leading teaching and learning, closing the gap and as a systems leader, has a focus on collaborative working.

The programme was designed by Professor John West-Burnham working with over 30 headteachers and deputy headteachers in Oxfordshire and he is again leading the Programme in 2019/20

OTSA partner schools - £850 + VAT
OTSA non partner schools* - £1100 + VAT

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 10 October 2019 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map
2 Monday 11 November 2019 08:45 - 16:00 The Henry Box School Map
3 Tuesday 21 January 2020 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map
4 Thursday 5 March 2020 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map
5 Wednesday 29 April 2020 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map
6 Monday 22 June 2020 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/57 Headteacher Leadership Programme 2019/20

Headship is a unique leadership role where the success of a whole school is deeply related to personal awareness, insight and effectiveness. One of the most important leadership roles in society, headship affects the flourishing and well-being of children, not just during their years of schooling but throughout their lives. The unique demands of the headteacher role require unique development, and this is why we offer this programme.

Overall the objective is to inspire, support, challenge and nurture you in taking up your current role with even more effectiveness, insight, authority and impact.

Design Principles:

  • We start with a profound respect for the experience, knowledge, skills and wisdom you bring with you.
  • We think that to develop the leader is to develop the human. There are no short cuts. If you want to develop your leadership it follows you want to evolve yourself as a human being.
  • This is a leader-led programme; you own your own enquiry. You are, so to speak, your own facilitator as well as the learner. Only you can sense the leader you are becoming and gauge its alignment with what you really want to become.
  • The programme participants’ work together will deepen learning and insight.


The programme is designed and facilitated by Alexander Pett. Alexander is a leadership development and organisational change specialist with 19 years’ experience of helping senior leaders to establish the leadership capabilities and behaviours necessary to underpin performance improvement. Previously Alexander was Director of Leadership and Talent for Kingfisher Group and before this was Head of Leadership and Talent Development for BT Global Services. He began his career as a secondary school teacher in Hampshire.

Cost: £975 (excluding VAT)


Feedback from participants on last year's cohort

'This is potentially one of the most influential courses I have been on since in leadership. Rarely do you walk away with so much thinking and considering to do on your own practice. Plenty of material to digest and share.   Charlie Barwell, Headteacher, Middle Barton School

‘No professional development I have done before or since has had such a profound impact on how I lead and how I think. Challenging, rigorous and always fascinating, Alex's programmes deliver sustainable leadership development for all.’   Tom Goodenough, Headteacher, Didcot Girls’ School

'This course gave me a completely new way of thinking about myself as a leader. It provided learning on how to build and maintain effective working relationships that are the backbone of a successful school.'   Emma Coleman, Headteacher, Sandhills Community Primary School

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 17 October 2019 09:00 - 17:00 Ripon College Cuddesdon Map
2 Friday 18 October 2019 09:00 - 17:00 Ripon College Cuddesdon Map
3 Friday 15 November 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Ripon College Cuddesdon Map

Code: OTSA/19/89 Workload reduction

This event is an introduction to the Workload Reduction Toolkit, and will be led by representatives from Alban Teaching School Alliance. They are leading the DfE Commission Project in our region. 

Workload is cited as the main reason for teachers leaving the profession. It is therefore central to a broader strategy to retain staff.

It also has a strong link to school improvement. Schools tell us that teaching quality improves once areas of workload identified as becoming overly burdensome are acted upon. This is often due to schools channelling greater effort into what makes most difference to pupils, and stopping unhelpful practices.

The DfE also works with the sector to address school- level drivers and has recently published a ‘Workload Reduction Toolkit’  which has been developed by school leaders, teachers and other education experts. 


Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Monday 21 October 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Frank Wise School Map

Code: OTSA/19/69 SEND Reviewer Training

Have you read the SEND Review Framework, produced by the Whole School SEND Consortium?

Would you like to be trained to be a SEND Reviewer, yourself, in order to Review your own school or others?

Whether you are a Headteacher, SENCo or member of the Senior Leadership Team, participating in the SEND Review process is a rewarding and enriching experience that supports professional development, develops knowledge and inspires new ideas and ways of working.

It could also make a significant impact on the outcomes of pupils with SEND in your school.

This training event costs £130 + VAT, and includes lunch.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 12 November 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Ripon College Cuddesdon Map

Code: OTSA/19/73 An Introduction to: Managing and Maximising TAs

They are your most important resource and most valuable classroom ally - but are you using them to their full potential?

Whether you are an NQT, Early career teacher, or new to managing a team, this session will introduce you to the essential principles for leading, utilising and cultivating the talents of your Teaching Assistants.

  • What is the role of a Teaching Assistant?
  • How can they add value to teacher input, without replacing it?
  • How can you support your support staff to feel more appreciated, valued and confident in their role?

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from the Iffley Academy will work with you to address individual cases.


£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 21 November 2019 16:00 - 17:45 The Iffley Academy Map

Code: OTSA/19/101 Leading the EYFS with Skill and Confidence

To lead a team effectively and inspire a continual drive towards excellence requires highest quality leadership.

This long-term project will support leaders to deepen their understanding of the multi-faceted nature of their role; ensuring they are able to motivate and inspire their teams, whilst remaining focused on what matters for young children. The programme has been designed to provide you with many opportunities to reflect upon your own expertise and enrich your professional knowledge of outstanding early years education.

Throughout the course you will be invited to participate in a variety of gap tasks. Each will be designed to support you in your leadership journey and there will be opportunities to share and celebrate the groups learning on a fourth day to be arranged with delegates.

 This course is being run in Oxfordshire for OTSA by Early Excellence.

The three dates are: 25th November, 13th January & 9th March 

The cost for this course is £385.

The details of the three days are as follows:
Day 1 - Leading Values and agreeing outstanding practice in the Early Years

The project will begin by establishing clarity about what we want for young children and confident learners through school, taking delegates back to their motivations as educators as well as establishing a clear vision of excellence and strategy for school. The afternoon will explore the key elements of best practice and how the optimum conditions for learning are created for their children. We will then look at current methods of reflection and how they inform priorities for change.

Day 2 – Leading People

During the day we will consider and decide on how to effectively manage and lead others. Methods of mentoring and a range of performance management techniques including staff led action research will be shared and explored. From this, leaders will have begun to design effective staff development programmes as well as raising the profile of Early Years within whole school improvement strategies and the wider Early Years community.

Day 3 – Leading Accountability

A review of current approaches to assessment and how data can be used to inform practice as well as whole school strategy and operational systems. The rationale behind your choice of recording, documenting and reporting progress to internal and external partners, including parents, will be discussed and explored.


Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Monday 25 November 2019 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map
2 Monday 13 January 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map
3 Monday 9 March 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map