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New Headteachers support

Whether you are a new Headteacher, a Headteacher new to BPSI, or both, we can offer a range of support for you.

We've put together a sample of documents, training courses and suggested consultancy below which provides a flavour of the services BPSI and Barnet Local Authority can provide our new Headteachers. 

Katie Dawbarn (one of our Learning Network Inspectors) runs a New Headteacher Forum once a term which, as the name suggests, is an opportunity for new headteachers to get together and share experiences and issues and give support to one another. It is also an opportunity to have questions answered by either experienced headteachers or specialists e.g. HR, Governance, Finance etc. If you would like to be a part of this forum please email

As a new 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 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 Headteachers include:

New to Headship - Setting High Expectations
This course is for new Headteachers and explains why setting high expectations  and ensuring consistency is important in your school.

Managing Change

This course will clarify those issues and provide delegates with the confidence and knowledge to effectively manage a redundancy or restructure exercise within their establishment.

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 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.

I'm a Headteacher new to BPSI

Read our brief document explaining the rationale and setup of Barnet Partnership for School Improvement (BPSI)  

What is BPSI? 

How can I use my BPSI hours?

If you are unsure how to use your BPSI then we suggest you start by looking at our 'collections'.  These are examples of packages of support you can use in school.  The full selection can be found on the collections page but we've listed a few below to get you started.

Don't forget all of these BPSI reviews are available to book:

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Don't Lose Your Head!


Teaching has been found to be the most stressful profession in the UK (HSE research). A recent survey of teachers by the Nasuwt teaching union found that 83% reported workplace stress.  Teachers have the support of their Headteachers but who supports the Headteacher?

BPSI have put together a booklet of useful resources for Headteachers called 'Don't Lose Your Head'  This includes details of useful courses, details of coaching and services can help support Headteachers.

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