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New deputy headteacher support

So you've taken the plunge and moved onto Deputy Headship.  It may feel a bit daunting but support is available for you. Listed below is how BPSI can support you in your new role. 

As a new Deputy Headteacher, which training sessions are suitable for me?

BPSI run an extensive programme of Leadership & Management courses and the current courses can be found by clicking on the View & Book Courses button at the very top of this page.


We have listed some our L&M courses particularly relevant for new Deputy Heads below.  If you are interested in one of the courses but it is not shown on the current course flyer page, contact the BPSI Support Team to find out when it is running next on 020 8359 6325 / 6306 / 6341 or email

Recommended courses for new Deputy Headteachers include:

Managing Conflict and Difficult Conversations

Helping Heads and Deputy Heads to understand and manage areas of conflict which may arise when working with staff teams, parents, governing bodies and external agencies

Handling Parental Complaints in Primary Schools

To explore how to manage parental complaints and the challenges they can present to school management in primary schools.

Fierce Conversations

Fierce Conversations teaches attendees how to ignite productive dialogue that interrogates reality, provokes learning, resolves tough challenges and enriches relationships.

Action Learning Set for Deputy Headteachers

Action Learning is a simple but powerful route to reflect on work problems, team working, inter-personal skills and to think through and implement solutions, active management development in practice.

Essentials for New NQT Induction Tutors
Part of your new role may include NQT Induction.  This session will help new inductions tutors to: understand the statutory guidance; ensure that induction programme meets the needs of NQTs; produce accurate, supportive assessment reports; use NQT Manager effectively

Monitoring of Teaching and Learning
We all think we know how to observe a lesson, but do we do it in a way that means we impact on the school's performance, or are we doing it for its own sake?


Coaching is a means by which staff can be supported in any aspect of their professional or personal life. It offers a confidential, structured space to reflect on leadership, people management and every aspect of school life.   

A professional relationship between a coach and an individual is to provide assistance in clarifying and achieving meaningful goals and making practical decisions.

For further information, please see our Coaching page

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