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Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Secondary Heads’ Phase Council : Supporting our Headteachers in Surrey

Surrey’s Secondary Headteachers’ Phase Council is an organisation which advocates on behalf of the Headteachers of Surrey’s state-funded secondary schools. Central to this purpose is the provision of support to all secondary heads: to protect and promote their welfare and well-being.

We recognise that leadership in schools, against the backdrop of constant change and with limited resource, can be very demanding, challenging and at times isolating. This can affect us all and at times has a more profound effect on school leaders, given professional context and personal circumstances. We also know that there is a wealth of experience and knowledge amongst colleagues who have all faced similar challenges.

I am therefore delighted to share with you a new support package being offered to Surrey Secondary Headteachers by Secondary Phase Council.  The new offer signposts support to any Head who would welcome such an opportunity, on a personal 1:1 and completely confidential basis.  The support offered through this service is funded by Phase Council and comes from a colleague (often a former Headteacher) who has offered to act in a supportive capacity. 

It is not intended that the package offers long term support rather that is provides welcome pockets of individual support, at times of particular need.  Secondary Phase Council is keen to ensure that this offer is seen as a model of support that complements other offers of assistance from Chairs, Governing Bodies/Trusts or professional associations.

Secondary Phase Council is also in the process of undertaking a review of Headteacher Appraisals and we would be pleased to share our findings and recommendations of best practice with Heads and with Governors in due course. We anticipate circulation of the report during the spring term 2020.

If you have any questions relating to the work of Phase Council or the specific initiatives I have highlighted, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Ayers Executive Officer at sarah.ayers@surreysecondaryheads.org.uk

Ben Bartlett

Chair, Surrey Secondary Headteachers Phase Council

Headteacher, Hinchley Wood School

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