Many colleagues who become headteachers in Church of England Schools in the Diocese of Gloucester are either new to headship, new to headship in a Church of England school or new to the Diocese. The rapidly changing school environment means that the role of headteacher is becoming increasingly complex and demanding. The Board of Education is acutely aware of the need to support headteachers professionally and pastorally and have therefore developed a number of programmes to support school leaders.
The Headteacher Mentoring Scheme provides the opportunity for new colleagues to be linked up with an established headteacher within the county who will provide confidential pastoral support and professional advice for the first academic year of a new post. This scheme will be offered at the ‘Introduction to the Diocese’ meeting to which new colleagues will be invited soon after taking up their post.
For further details of this scheme, please contact the Diocesan Adviser for School Development (Values & Resourcing the Christian Foundation).
Bishop’s Visitors scheme
Bishop’s Visitors are appointed by the Bishop’s of Gloucester. The aim of the scheme is to provide pastoral support to the school, especially the headteacher, as appropriate, and to foster links between the school, the local church, the wider community and the Diocese.