International Placements for Headteachers
The programme has been in operation for two years; in the first year 150 headteachers from primary, secondary and special schools in England were placed on international study visits. During 2003/04 over 350 headteachers were placed and it is anticipated that there will be a similar number during 2004/05. The programme reflects our commitment to developing world class leadership for our nation's schools.
Each placement consists of a group of at least ten serving headteachers, one of whom will be an experienced headteacher who acts as a facilitator for the group. Whilst on the study visit, headteachers will have the opportunity to 'shadow' a host headteacher and to engage in professional dialogue about their experiences. There may be some variations to the above for a small number of groups.
Applicants must be serving headteachers with a minimum of three years' experience as a headteacher before they can be offered a placement, but it is possible to make an application in the third year. Headteachers will only be able to take part in the programme once as a participant.
Where will the study visits take
What do the visits focus on?
Please note that the themes listed above are intended to give an indication of focus areas for groups and applicants should state their own preferred study visit theme on the application form.
During 2004/05 it is intended to offer a minimum of 350 placements to headteachers of primary, secondary and special schools in the maintained sector in England.
Visits follow a similar pattern regardless of destination, with short haul placements (mainly within Europe) taking place over six days to include the working week. Long haul visits will generally last for ten days, seven of which will be focused on the programme. Host organisations are briefed as to the nature of the placements. Common format reports will be produced at the end of the visit with structured impact evaluation points occurring during the year following the placement.
Why do a study visit?
2004/05 Programme Schedule
Applicants will be contacted on an individual basis when it is possible to offer a placement. As much notice as possible will be given of the dates for proposed visits but applicants may find it helpful to know that most visits take place in January, February and March and October, November and December with a small number in April and May. Visits will take place during term and half-terms.
Where it is not possible to offer applicants a placement in the year in which they apply, they will be informed and invited to carry their application over to the following year. It will not be necessary to complete another application form.
How can I take part?
If you need further information or advice, please contact one of the British Council's School Leadership Advisers, all of whom have several years' experience as headteachers:
Please note that it is not possible for applicants to pre-select a specific location or host organisation for the study visit. It can be difficult to place applicants in study visit groups if they have requests that are highly specific.
Completing the application form
When you have completed the application form (it can be printed out and completed by hand), please ensure that the form is signed and send it to:
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