New headteacher: welcome presentation to staff

Find out how to introduce yourself to staff for the first time and get advice on what you should cover to help you set the groundwork for building good relationships.

Last reviewed on 5 January 2023
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  1. When's a good time to do it?
  2. How to introduce yourself 
  3. Acknowledge good work and areas for development
  4. Show you want to involve staff in developing your vision 
  5. Discuss your aims for engaging parents and working with other agencies 

We worked with our associate education expert Jenny Moss to write this article. 

When's a good time to do it?

Deliver the presentation at the start of an INSET day before pupils return, and speak for no more than 15 minutes.

You could offer a breakfast or lunch to make staff feel valued from the outset.

How to introduce yourself 

  • Welcome staff back
  • Explain that you're delighted to have been given this opportunity
  • Give an overview of your background, for example:
    • Where did you previously work?
    • How is your experience relevant to this school?
    • Is there anything you're particularly proud of from your previous roles? E.g. a successful behaviour initiative or new sustainability practices
  • You could include some jokes or anecdotes to help engage with staff members

Your presentation should be in your own voice. Cover things that you're genuinely passionate about or will prioritise for change. For example:

Highlight positive things you've heard about