EHCO (Early Headship Coaching Offer)

The Early Headship Coaching Offer for New Headteachers, (formerly known as the ASO) is a targeted package of support for Headteachers in their first five years of Headship.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible for this targeted support package if you meet the following criteria:

  • You in your first five years of headship
  • You work in a state-funded school in England upon starting the training
  • You have either completed an NPQH before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • You have not withdrawn from the ASO previously


Programme Overview 

Course duration   Self-led study hours  Live teaching hours
 (online & face-to-face) 
 Coaching hours
 12 - 24 months  self-defined  36 hours  10 hours

This programme is made up of five teaching cycles. Within each cycle you are required to complete:

Teaching cycles

Throughout the course you will cover:

Teaching Cycle 1: School culture and teaching

Teaching Cycle 2: Implementation and operational management

Teaching Cycle 3: Curriculum and professional development

Teaching Cycle 4: Additional/SEND and behaviour

Teaching Cycle 5: Partnership and governance

Please note that the teaching cycles coincide with the teaching cycles for NPQH. 

For more detailed programme information take a look at the EHCO Course Overview (PDF)


Programme dates




There is no assessment for the EHCO - it is entirely focused on new Headteacher development, wellbeing and support.



Cost: £800 or fully funded to all state schools


Ready to apply?

Apply for a place on EHCO for 2023/24

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