ASO

Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers

Apply, Thrive, Sustain

Our Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers (ASO) is tailored to your needs and is suitable for any stage of NPQH study, before, during or after, and for any headteacher in their first two years of headship.

Being a headteacher can be immensely rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges. On this programme, we will directly address these challenges by enabling you to Apply NPQH knowledge and skills to your own context, Thrive through building support networks alongside main NPQH groups and Sustain your development using social and psychological resources for leadership.

This programme offers you: 

  • Local mini-groupings that will help you to establish relationships and foster networks.
  • Bespoke online diagnostic survey assessing your strengths, confidence and development needs.
  • Enhanced Community of Practice led by experienced serving headteachers.
  • Face-to-face sessions providing guided professional dialogue and additional mentoring support.
  • Enhanced collaboration opportunities through shadowing and online spaces for resource sharing and chat.
  • Local peer review trio supporting the application of NPQH knowledge in own-school contexts.

Mode of delivery: 10 face-to-face (pending Covid restrictions - virtual delivery possible) local sessions of 3 hours each: 30 hours in total across the academic year.

Cost: £800 (full funding is available for eligible participants)

ASO funding eligibility

You are eligible for this targeted support package if you meet the following criteria:

  • are in your first 24 months of headship
  • work in a state-funded school in England upon starting the training
  • have either completed an NPQH before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously

All eligible places on this programme are fully funded by the Department for Education at a cost of £800 per participant.

Apply via the DfE service