Aspiring school leaders are being offered specific training in how to become academy principals through a new module set up by the National College.
Those completing the official headship qualification - the NPQH - can now learn about working with sponsors and the more complex governance and management role which comes with leading a school free from local authority control.
The module, for those who have passed the NPQH, and run in conjunction with the Association of Independent Academies, allows them to gain experience of running an academy, an understanding of the challenges involved and how to deal with sponsors.
Four groups of 20 teachers are expected to take up the course before next March.
The programme might be altered in future to include the new style of "outstanding" academies promoted by the coalition Government.
A National College spokeswoman said: "As with all our programmes, the content is designed to prepare candidates to lead schools in a range of circumstances.
"This module includes insights into topics such as governance and the role of the sponsor, as well as organisational topics including finance and human resources."
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