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John Hemmings - Leadership & Governor Training

John Hemmings

Education Consultant to Schools

and Local Authorities


Following a very successful, 25 year career as a Headteacher in five different schools, in 1997 I set up H.E.A.D.S., converting in 2008 to HEADS Consultancy Ltd., offering independent professional, high quality consultancy for Schools, Heads, Senior Staff, School teams, Governors and Local Authorities in Leadership, Management and Governance, offering a joined up approach for ensuring better classroom practice with reference to current DfE requirements and inspection expectations.


My main ethic is to share good practice gleaned from working across the country over the years to assist schools in meeting their current challenges by providing practical, realistic ideas for “how to do it”, which they can customize for their own particular circumstances. Writing and developing training for school leadership (as author, trainer and assessor) from the beginnings of NPQH nationally and later HEADS Learning Leadership programme with Associate Headteachers – providing sessions for Aspiring Leaders - Senior Leadership Teams in Secondary, Primary and Special Schools, developing in them a robust process for maturing their skills in leadership, communication, managing change and holding them to account. This work has given me a deeper insight into all aspects and emotions for successful leadership, characteristics of outstanding schools as well as those in very challenging circumstances.

From experience of working in a variety of schools and with Local Authority Officers, I have found that many of these developed ideas meet short term needs and yet are a practical catalyst to embed long term routines and systems to enable SMART - sustained improvement and performance in schools.


My interest in field hockey as high level player, Staff coach, National Committees for Indoor Hockey and Coaching, England Team Manager (Under 18 boys for 7 years) running International Tournaments and as Pitch manager at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, further widened my knowledge, skills and experience for translation into the education sector.


Since 1997, I have enjoyed coaching, mentoring and facilitation in schools with special reference to drafting SEF’s, leading to School Development Planning (SDP) with SMART action plans and RAPs. Outstanding  / effective Governance that’s fit for purpose in current climate. I have undertaken an evaluation of Governor Services for a Local Authority and have designed (Quality Assurance) for a Teaching School Alliance and I am an Associate of the Virtual Staff College.


I offer framework documents to be customised for schools to achieve a joined up approach to efficient leadership and management holding Senior, Middle and, Subject Leaders to account for their own and school performance as well as being the drivers of good or better teaching and learning in the classroom (Senior / Phase /Year /Subject leaders). Training reviewers with bespoke routines for Performance Management – for Teachers and Teaching Assistants and the Admin Team. Training in calendar routines for leadership for Pupil Premium Grant process and PE and Sport funding.

I am currently involved with Mediamerge Ltd. in a project filming ‘Pathways to Outstanding’ 3 part strands for the production of training in outstanding classroom practice with DVD videos and documents in CD’s. Outstanding leadership and Outstanding Governance   I also present sessions as half days, twilights or full days for Teaching School Alliances, schools and governors to focus on ‘Becoming Outstanding’.


I am Chair of Governors in a Primary Academy (700 pupils) in north Birmingham, also I am a governor in a Junior School (3 form entry) on the south coast – chair of the School Performance Committee.


High level evaluations from participants, say sessions are very well received by Headteachers, Senior staff, Staff members, Governors and Local Authority Officers that I have worked with.


HEADS Consultancy Ltd.      Email:  enquiries@heads2heads.co.uk     Mobile: 07966222143                        

5 Louise Court, Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, DORSET, BH21 3BU      (Company No.  06465015)         January 2016