Resources and advice to help you in your new role as a headteacher.

Tackle your new role and responsibilities 1 step at a time.

Get to grips with your key tasks, and use our templates, checklists and guides to help you save time and move forward with confidence.

Your key tasks and first steps

Get up to speed on what to do before you start, as well as the documents you’ll need to familiarise yourself with.

Download a checklist of important termly tasks, and find out what to ask your new senior leadership team.

Stay on top of changes

There are lots of updates to guidance, requirements and government policy to keep track of. Take a look at our summaries of important documents that have changed this year, and what they mean for you and your school.

Select 'save for later' at the top of the article pages, and we'll send you an email if there's another update.

Budgeting and finances

Track monthly tasks and read expert advice on the main points you’ll need to consider throughout the year. Use our budget planner and annual to-do list to help you.

Work with your governors

Use these templates and advice to help you report to your governors on key areas, including curriculum, budget and pupil achievement. 

Get more support from across The Key

You can find more support in your new role with a Whole School membership of The Key. Get access to safeguarding resources, CPD, and governance support. 

Find the information you need, and share our resources with your team to keep everyone on the same page, such as:

Stay on top of safeguarding with our training calendar

Browse our video case studies from leaders like you

Find out how to work alongside your governors