Devon SLS Updates Newsletter: aHead Service | It's good and important to talk

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

DSLS logo
DSLS Mission_Vision_Values

 Autumn term  |  14 October 2020

aHead Logo


Devon SLS aHead Service

It’s good and important to talk

We all recognise that whether new to headship or with some experience of school leadership, the rapidly changing school environment means that the role of Headteacher is becoming increasingly complex and demanding.

Devon SLS are delighted to announce a new support service for all Headteachers and Heads of School designed to promote effective school leadership and your personal wellbeing. This service is designed to start from a position of strength and the recognition that it is important to have an opportunity to talk about what is getting in the way before it becomes crisis management.

The aHead service has recruited a team of Professional Partners, experienced, current or recently serving Headteachers to provide;

  • A personal and professional support service for all school leaders.
  • Fresh perspectives to address professional challenges.
  • Advice and expertise to develop and strengthen school leadership teams.
  • Signposting to other professional support and guidance services.
  • Opportunities to work alongside other leaders to develop understanding of and approaches to key issues in schools.
aHead Professional Partners

This service in currently in its infancy and will initially focus on a new programme of induction support for those recently appointed or new to Headship. Once fully up and running we will offer regular termly contact for all Headteachers and Heads of School from an assigned Professional Partner who will be there to provide confidential support for you to be the best you can be.

We will not be reporting outcomes of individual conversations unless there is a direct concern for a colleague’s well-being or safeguarding within a school. 


Visit this link  |  Meet the aHead Service Professional Partners

aHead Logo

We very much look forward to working with you. If you would like support from one of the Professional Partners in these initial stages of the service, please contact us via email / phone:

e      T  01392 380518  /  07970 905511   

Education Support logo

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Additional to the aHead Service, Devon SLS is delighted to offer an Employee Assistance Programme to its membership of school leaders. This is a new introduction to the Devon SLS offer and is provided by Education Support.

The EAP provides members with free individual access to a confidential information, support and counselling service which is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day via a dedicated 0800 telephone number. 

Read more about the Employee Assistance Programme:

Schools leaders are also able to purchase an EAP scheme for their own schools at specially discounted rates. More information on the EAP scheme will soon be available on the new Devon SLS website (coming soon), in the meantime contact for more details.

Devon Schools Leadership Services CIO

Devon SLS (formally DAPH and DASH - read more details about our new CIO Devon SLS in the July newsletter)

Manage your subscription

Subscribe: Devon SLS Primary Newsletter     |     Devon SLS Secondary Newsletter

Contact: E     T  01392 380518    

Registered office:
Venture House, One Capital Court, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, Devon EX2 7FW