What We Do

Our role is to work together as Headteachers across Kent to deliver the best learning environments for all the children and young people in our schools.

As an Association, our main aim is to establish a school-led, sustainable self-improving system for Kent. We do this by facilitating collaboration between schools of all kinds and by working strategically with the local authority and other key partners.

Our current priorities are:

  • To support school-led continuous improvement of performance
  • To increase leadership capacity in the county's schools
  • To promote partnerships and networks that support school-led improvement
  • To act as the voice of Kent headteachers.

The KAH has a central role influencing strategy, policy and planning school improvement in Kent. The Association has developed strong working relationships with key local and regional partners:

The KAH directly influences strategic planning in Kent, and also holds the local authority to account, through regular liaison with the Director of the Council's Children, Young People and Education Directorate, through Board membership of the Council's Stakeholder and Commissioning Board and non-executive membership of the Council's new Education Services Company Board.

The KAH works closely with the Kent & Medway Teaching Schools Network (KMTSN) to support the strategic development of system leadership, school-led school improvement, teacher development and training. The Chair of KMTSN is a member of the KAH Executive and Teaching School Headteachers are members of KAH Area Boards.

Through its partnership with KMTSN, KAH is able to influence the development of regional models for school-led school improvement through its relationship with the South East and South London Teaching Schools Council.

To contact our four area boards go to:

In addition to these Area Boards, the KAH has a number of working groups which focus on particular areas of the Association's work. Two important examples are:

  • Leadership Strategy Steering Group
  • School Effectiveness Steering Group