Welcome from the Chair

I'd like to start by giving you a very warm welcome to the website of the Kent Association of Headteachers.

Every Headteacher in Kent is automatically a member of the KAH and they elect representatives to work on the Area and Executive Boards to support and facilitate school-led improvement across the County. We work with a range of partners, including the local authority, as we influence strategic planning for school improvement county-wide. For more information on this please go to the 'what we do' section.

The KAH ensures that its working groups are fully representative of all schools in Kent. This means our Executive Committee and Area Boards have representatives from special schools, primaries, secondaries, multi-academy trusts and pupil referral units. Elections which took place last summer have ensured that all our boards are "fully staffed" and reflect the wide range of educational provision within the county.

KAH at the heart of education provision in Kent

The KAH now provides the Headteacher representation on KCC's new Kent Children's Services Stakeholder and Partnership Board which oversees all education and social services provision for children in the county. This allows us to influence policy making and strategic planning across all children's services and ensures that schools are informing decisions about deployment of resources, including those for school improvement. KAH members also serve as non executive directors on the board of the Education People, again ensuring that headteachers are at the centre of decision making for this company.

I believe that the two key roles for KAH are in facilitating school led school improvement and in representing the views of headteachers at local, regional and national levels.  So far this year area and county wide improvement priorities have been identified and projects underway to address these, whilst our role in influencing policy has seen us providing feedback on such issues as the reform of alternative provision and the new "Front Door" processes.  We have also been involved in campaigning for an increase in high needs funding and have played a significant part in the national Worth Less? campaign to secure additional funding for all schools.

As with most leaders, headteachers can often feel a bit isolated and much of what KAH does is to bring headteachers together, through conferences, collaborative projects and generally providing support where it is needed. So if you think you or your school could benefit from some support, some strategic advice, or even just someone who can listen and provide some understanding, please don't hesitate to get in touch by contacting the Chair of your local Area Board. We are here to help.

Alan Brookes

KAH Chair