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An introduction to Executive Headship

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Book for 23 June

This course will focus on the role of the executive head teacher, offering practical advice on how head teachers can formulate a long-term plan to up-skill in preparation for this change in focus and career.    

Delegates will reflect on how the role of executive head teacher differs from the role of head teacher in a single school. You will consider how to form a multi-academy trust ensuring it is efficient, effective and financially viable. This course will also consider teaching and support staff structures in more than one school to ascertain whether they are "future proofed" and financially sustainable into the future.

Consideration will be given to multiple school business planning, teaching and support staff structures, and governance. Delegates will have the opportunity to consider how they will develop their existing skills into system leadership skills.


Head teachers and senior leaders in primary, secondary and 6th forms from maintained, academies, independent, special and alternative provision settings


  • Evaluate the difference between the role of head teacher and executive head teacher
  • Discuss the business, staffing and governance structures within a multi-academy trust or federation
  • Assess why and how creative workforce deployment across several schools can support schools to achieve improved outcomes and financial viability
  • Develop a clear understanding of the senior leadership skills required to develop a system leadership structure
  • Develop a clearer understanding of best practice senior leadership, teaching staff and support staff deployment across a multi-academy trust or federation


  • Learn how to analyse the essential elements of effective executive headship
  • Evaluate the skills required for delegated system leadership
  • Take time to develop a personal training plan   
  • Develop a plan for business, staffing and governance in a multi-academy trust based on best practice advice

Pre-course preparation

Delegates should bring with them copies of their current structure for leadership, teaching staff and support staff


Philippa Ollerhead has over 30 years experience in education, she has worked at senior leadership level since 1998. Philippa is an experienced Head of English and was Vice Principal of a large sixth form college in Greater Manchester, Head teacher of a pupil referral unit and Head teacher of a secondary alternative provision school. Philippa is formally trained every academic year in the rigorous of the common inspection framework in order to prepare primary and secondary schools for Ofsted visits.

Philippa is a training partner for the National Association of Head Teachers, delivering courses for Head teachers across the country, in subjects such as safeguarding, Ofsted preparation, financial vaibility and MAT structures.

Philippa heads up the School Management department in Judicium Education, her team delivers school improvement and governor body clerking across the country.

Philippa has safeguarding and Ofsted update training annually and has completed the National Clerking Development programme.

What people have said about this course

A relevant, well resourced course, with an extremely knowledgeable facilitator.

Many of the other head teachers were embarking upon taking over a second school and forming an academy / federation. My school has already been through this process. It was good to network and speak to other colleagues. I wanted to gain further strategies and ideas to develop our federation. The day did allow me to think about future strategy and how to plan forward.