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Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO)

Programme Overview:

Our Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO) provides new headteachers within their first 5 years of headship with personalised support to help them solve problems relevant in their school context.  


The 12-month EHCO is tailored to your needs and the content covered will depend on your school's specific challenges. It is structured around the persistent problems of school leadership. You will select from these topics and personalise the course to support areas you want to develop expertise in. You will select three persistent problems over the duration of the course:

  • School culture: Establishing a professional and supportive school culture and encouraging staff to contribute.
  • Learning and development: Ensuring effective approaches to professional learning and development.
  • Curriculum: Organising and teaching the curriculum.
  • Behaviour: Attending to pupil behaviour and wider circumstances.
  • School improvement: Analysing and diagnosing problems, planning and implementing strategies for continuous educational improvement.
  • Administration: Managing an efficient and effective organisation.

How you will learn:

Content is shared via workbooks situation on Ambition Institute's development platform participants will access on workbook for each persistent problem selected. 

The workbook shares an expert edit, to build on the expertise developed in the NPQ Headship. Participants will use this knowledge building to focus and define a context-specific problem. 

This course focusses on development opportunities for you. Your context specific problem will be developed through one-to-one coaching sessions with an experienced headteacher. You'll be able to shadow this headteacher, engaging in a range of activities which will help you better understand your problem and possible solutions. You will also have regular peer-group discussions with other headteachers via online conferencing, to work through work related dilemmas. 

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You can take advantage of the Early Headship Coaching Offer at the same time as doing the NPQ Headteacher.


You will receive ongoing personal support and one-to-one coaching. You will be able to gain experience through shadowing an experienced headteacher and be able to build an effective peer network. 

Your school or trust will benefit from improved staff retention by investing in your development and be able tackle existing challenges. 


From Autumn 2024, scholarship funding for this NPQ is available for all publicly funded schools and 16-19 educational settings (see here for more information). 

If you do not work in an eligible school, this NPQ will cost £800 plus VAT. 


Our next cohort commences in Autumn 2024. To register your interest, please complete the registration form below and we'll be in touch with you shortly.

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Contact us for more information or guidance about this NPQ programme. 

You can also find out more about our lead provider, Ambition Institute, here

Case study: How EHCO can improve culture change