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.