What’s special about this course?

See in practice how to deal with all the unseen parts of the role (the bits the NPQ doesn’t prepare you for!) and practise alongside others in the same boat. Supported by a new network of peers, you’ll experience the day-to-day reality of stepping up to SLT and leave feeling more in control of what’s now on your plate.


Thursday 10 October
4pm to 5.30pm, on Zoom

Jodie Cousins

Survive and thrive as a new assistant headteacher

  • Get to grips with what being on the SLT really means and your specific role in it

  • Experience a day in the life of an assistant head and learn to manage those unseen tasks that you didn’t expect to land on your desk

  • Sharpen your time management skills – how to delegate, prioritise and avoid overwhelm when everything is urgent

Your expert course trainer

Jodie Cousins is a trust assistant headteacher and phonics lead.

A former international swimmer, she transitioned into primary education as a volunteer and progressed to SEND and class teaching assistant roles, then class teacher roles and on into leadership. Her leadership experience includes subject leadership as well as Key Stage and early years phase leadership – and now assistant headship at trust level.

Jodie is particularly focused on using her breadth of experience to enhance outcomes for both staff and pupils. 

Who can attend

This course is for you if you’re:

  • Feeling new to your assistant headteacher role
  • Preparing for a new assistant headteacher role
  • Aspiring to assistant headship any time soon

Relevant to all phases and settings.

If you’re a deputy headteacher or aspiring to be, we have a similar course tailored just for you. Take a look and book on to that one instead.


This course is exclusively available to The Key's Whole School members. If you're not yet a Whole School member,
find out more here.

More reasons to love this course

Active learning, not passive instruction

Your live classes won't just be a lecture. Jodie will engage the class, invite discussion, prompt breakout activities and leave plenty of room for Q&A. You'll learn by doing, with practical tasks and regular feedback from Nikki and your class colleagues.

Learn with a cohort
of peers 

Learning virtually doesn't mean learning solo. This course is designed to be rich in energising interaction between you and your colleagues - it's your safe space to ask questions and seek peer feedback, and make connections for life. 

Develop your own menu of practical strategies that work

Apply what you learn straight away, with new clarity around your remit and practical strategies drawn from expert advice and excellent practice. Adopt the best of what works, for immediate impact on your confidence in navigating the demands of assistant headship.

Earn a certificate of achievement

Complete your classes and get a certificate of achievement from The Key for your learning record.

What other participants have said about our courses

“I now know what steps
to take to be an
effective leader"


“This course gave me confidence, opportunities to share good practice, and up-to-date research”

"The tasks were very practical and a brilliant way to
secure that knowledge"


Frequently asked questions

Live classes are held on Zoom, and you’ll collaborate on practical tasks with small groups of colleagues in breakout rooms. 

Ideally, yes! Working together with your colleagues is where much of the magic happens, and you’ll have opportunities to ask Vic questions directly. But we know that some school days run away, so you’ll be able to catch up on-demand if you have to miss a class. We’ll let you know when the class recording is available.

Deeply practical tasks. They’ll help you put learning into practice immediately and get ahead on work you need to complete in your day-to-day role. You might work with colleagues on a task, and get supportive feedback.

Yes! This course was built for full-time school leaders. You'll attend a 90-minute class, after school at 4pm. All your practical tasks will directly relate to your day job - they’ll never take you more than an hour.

Yes! You’ll get a certificate on completion of the course.

Just email any questions to cpd@thekeysupport.com. We’ll get back to you within 2 working days.

These courses are included as part of The Key's Whole School membership and places are exclusively available to those members. 
If you're not yet a Whole School member, find out more here.