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Applying for your first Headship


This workshop has been designed to support aspiring headteachers in applying for their first headship.

16 June 2016

One day

Headingley Carnegie Stand, Leeds


FREE to current CLiL NPQH participants

£50 pp for former CLiL NPQH participants

£185 pp for non CLiL NPQH participants

Learning Outcomes:

You will:

  • Identify the skills and strategies involved in preparing an application and engaging in a selection process.
  • Demonstrate the behaviours that are appropriate to a successful interview.
  • Learn to be sensitive to contextual issues in specific applications.
  • Articulate a personal understanding of yourself as a headteacher.
  • Learn from an unsuccessful application.
  • Consider strategies to make an impact in your first months of headship.


Julia Elliott, Consultant Headteacher
Julia has 25 years’ of headship experience, successfully leading three primary schools and currently works as an interim headteacher and advisory headteacher.

Julia is an experienced facilitator, trainer and consultant. She works with middle leaders, senior leaders and aspiring headteachers on the national professional qualifications of NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH as well as with governors and Chairs of Governors on such programmes as the Chair of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme, and NCTL governor workshops on Financial Efficiencies, Performance Related Pay and RAISEonline. She also develops middle leaders in schools in challenging contexts through the Teaching Leaders programme, using coaching or mentoring as appropriate, looking for strengths and skills and encouraging real responsibility and accountability.

In addition to Julia’s leadership career in primary schools in the UK, her work in international schools, demanding flexibility and diplomacy, has given her wide experience of different cultures and systems.

Jason Keanneally, Head of School, Featherstone Academy
Jason Kenneally is a Head of School employed by The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust. He obtained his Bachelor of Education degree from De Montfort University in 1997 and qualified from his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2016. He has extensive leadership experience having worked in middle and senior leadership posts in London, Leeds, Wakefield and Kirklees.

In 2014 he took up his first Head of School post in 2014 at The Featherstone Academy (part of The Rodillian Multi-Academy Trust). The school was removed from special measures within less than a year of being taken over by the Rodillian MAT with a judgment of Outstanding for Leadership and Management. Since February 2016 Jason has been Head of School at the BBG Academy.

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