The headteachers of tomorrow have successfully completed a popular training programme delivered by the Arthur Terry National Teaching School (ATNTS), part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP). Now in its third year, the Aspire to Headship course, which runs between February and November, saw seven deputy and assistant headteachers from primary and secondary schools both inside and outside of the ATLP – ‘graduate’ last week. The course – which is now open for applications for 2017 and targeted at any school nationwide – is aimed at aspiring heads and is designed to reflect the changing demands in headship and to develop the skills required for school leadership. Workshops provide diagnostics to identify leadership strengths and areas for development, advanced coaching skills and a study of systems leadership. The programme also includes visits to schools to see how effective leadership secures school improvement and looking at business models to identify common good practice. Candidates are placed in a learning set to conduct research on a set topic linked to school improvement. This collaborative research is then presented to a panel of headteachers on the final day of the course. Diane Read, assistant headteacher of Arthur Terry School, said: “Seven aspiring headteachers completed the course. These talented and driven professionals will secure the success of our schools for years ahead. “They are following in the footsteps of other confident and inspirational leaders – and we have seen a number of promotions across our partnership following the completion of the course. This is a great opportunity for future headteachers or assistant and deputy heads to progress their careers.” This year’s ‘graduates’ were awarded with certificates by ATLP CEO, Richard Gill, who praised the “high calibre and pursuit of excellence of delegates.” Kristal Brookes, deputy headteacher of ATLP’s outstanding Mere Green Primary School, said: “It’s been a great opportunity to work with other colleagues from within the partnership and from outside, a time for reflection and for continued learning. “ Laurie Carey, deputy headteacher of Stockland Green School, also part of the ATLP, said: “The Aspire to Headship course was particularly useful in helping to identify leadership styles, as well as establish areas for development. The opportunity to discuss the latest educational and leadership methodologies with colleagues from a range of schools was also invaluable. All candidates agreed that this has enabled us to refine our everyday working practices, hopefully to the benefit of our schools.” This year’s course was the final session for facilitator Ian Wilson, who created the programme in collaboration with headteachers in 2014. He was thanked for all his work in establishing such as successful course. Kate McKenna has been co-leading over the year and will be leading cohort four in February next year.