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Head’s Development Programme

Head’s Development Programme 2016-7

Designed to offer support, guidance and development for new and experienced head teachers, this professional development programme will run over four full days. The content will be delivered by NLEs from within North Star and educational consultants Ed Lott and Mike Smit. The programme will cover the big issues facing head teachers today, including monitoring and preparing for Ofsted, and will give colleagues an opportunity to reflect on their own practice and drive improvement.

The programme includes a one-night residential at Hazlewood Castle, near Leeds. This is intended to give delegates the time and space to develop ideas and collaboration more deeply and intensively as well as provide a refreshing change of environment.


Dates and Times Session Title Delivered by Venue
Monday 14th November


Leading Schools in the Self-Supporting School System Ed Lott Hazlewood Castle
Tuesday 15th November


Preparing for OfSTED and Effective Monitoring


Mike Smit Hazlewood Castle
Tuesday 7th February




School Improvement

School Development Planning


Becoming outstanding

Learning development Groups

Nick Long



Nigel Ashley


Meadowside Community Primary School, Knaresborough
Thursday 4th May



Learning development Groups: Feedback and sharing exemplary practice.

Reflections and next steps

Nigel Ashley

Ed Lott

Meadowside Community Primary School, Knaresborough

Course delivery

Ed Lott  Ed is an ex-head teacher and is a National College Consultant Leader with over thirty years’ experience in education and professional development training.

Mike Smit A former head teacher, Mike has extensive experience as a lead advisor and inspector of schools and highly effective track record of helping schools to self-improve.

Nigel Ashley Nigel has 11 years’ experience as a head teacher of outstanding schools and was designated an National Leader of Education in 2013.

Nick Long With over 25 years’ experience across the Primary phase, Nick is a serving head teacher and was designated an NLE in 2011.



The first two days will be based at Hazlewood Castle, near Leeds. The third and fourth days of training will be delivered at Meadowside CP School, Knaresborough HG50SL.


The programme costs £500 per delegate for North Star members, £700 for non-members.

Please note that in the event of a cancellation the following terms will be applied: Cancellations within two weeks of the first event: 50% charge; cancellations within 48 hrs of the event/no show: 100% charge. If delegates do not attend all four days, your school will still be charged the full amount.