It is critical for the success of schools that talent is developed and not wasted or lost. Professional development for teaching and support staff is essential to improve practice year on year for the benefit of all students. Staff flourish in schools that create an environment of professional trust and respect.  These schools see professional development as the heart of the job, driving school improvement for pupils and students and improving the morale and expertise of the staff.

A strategic staff professional development plan, which includes a considered recruitment strategy for the school provides a framework within which exciting and innovative staff development can take place.  A properly planned programme, inspired by the best ideas and rooted in the practical realities of a busy school life, is a great motivator for staff and enables aspiring leaders to appreciate the importance of professional development as they grow and develop.

There are a number of ways aspiring leaders can develop confidence, gain experience and insight into the next job and we would be happy to discuss these practical approaches with you.  

WiSH offers a wide range of consultancy and recruitment services to support school and staff development.

WiSH offers: 

  • Consultancy on whole school strategic planning and will work with you to develop a practical recruitment strategy.
  • Guidance on succession planning and how to spot and develop talent. We have expertise on supporting you in developing the talents of underrepresented groups, particularly women.
  • Experienced impartial advice, which includes support and feedback at interviews through sitting on interview panels during your internal appointments processes.
  • A robust and highly professional Headteacher Recruitment Service.  We can support governors in discussing the needs of the school and offer advice on how to go about recruiting the next headteacher. We undertake this in association with a leading professional association, The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

Please contact us to have an informal discussion about these services

Meg’s knowledge and experience of both education and the headteacher recruitment process enabled us to make an excellent appointment to our highly successful Voluntary Aided Church of England Comprehensive School. She carefully and sensitively planned and executed this very important contract from start to finish and was highly skilled in involving all of us at every stage of the process, keeping us focussed. She helped us to identify the needs of the school and ensured that our vision and values underpinned every aspect of our thinking.

Her effective leadership and meticulous attention to detail throughout, ensured that we were able to select from a strong field of potential applicants and successfully appointed an outstanding candidate. It was a rigorous and robust process with which we were all highly satisfied; we would recommend Meg and WiSH unreservedly.
— Governor and Chair of Strategic Planning Committee, former Headteacher and Fellow of GSA
Meg and Eve provide professional development for middle and senior leaders which is truly bespoke and reflects the context within which the school or academy is set. They take time to fully understand their brief and to agree intended outcomes which enables them to then plan carefully and prepare thoroughly. Staff are highly complimentary about any programmes or sessions they engage in which are led by Meg and Eve and refer to their experience as inspirational, refreshing and often the best inset they have ever had.

On a personal level, Meg and Eve provided exceptional support for me when preparing for Headship, in terms of the application and interview process. Their sound advice and positivity enabled me to progress my career with confidence. They are a resource I continue to tap into whenever I need clarity of thinking or good advice.

I am always very happy to recommend them to colleagues as I know their work is always a worthy investment, of first-class quality and underpinned by deep integrity.
— Caroline Longhurst Co-Director, Emerald Education Consultancy and former Headteacher