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Four gain headship qualifications 11 December 2006

FOUR head and deputy head teachers gained NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) qualifications at a graduation ceremony at Manchester University on Saturday, December 2.

The successful four are Jean Aksoy, who is acting head teacher at Laxey School, Carol Maddrell, who is head teacher at Marown School, Bronwen Udy, who is deputy head teacher at Auldyn Infants’ School, and Ian Longshaw, who is head teacher at Fairfield School.

They undertook all eight modules of the NPQH, which cover strategic leadership of a school, leading teaching and learning, leading and managing staff and working strategically with stakeholders.

They participated in residential sessions, face-to-face days and role play, were taught online through the National College of School Leadership and were assessed in-school and by their tutors.

The two-year course is a practical one, applying skills developed in a school situation. The four found it beneficial and three gained promotion while undertaking it.

One of the newly promoted heads, Mr Longshaw, said:

‘I enjoyed the course because of the professional discussions, networking and mutual support of the group. It was good to be working with three like-minded colleagues I could discuss strategic leadership issues with.’

Miss Maddrell, who was appointed to her headship this year, said taking the course had made her a more reflective thinker and had helped her make the decision to become a head teacher.

Mrs Aksoy said the course had given her the confidence to deal with many aspects of leadership in a modern school and she had enjoyed being able to bounce ideas around with others.

Mrs Udy appreciated the chance to act out difficult scenarios that may occur and added that one of the best aspects was the setting up of a confidential network of like-minded colleagues to share experiences and offer support to each other.

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