Developing Senior Leaders Programme

 Who is the programme for?

This course provides a development programme for experienced Middle Leaders wishing to apply for (or recently appointed to) Senior Leadership posts. The course will enable delegates to develop of a range of skills to support applications to senior leadership posts; to raise awareness and increase understanding of a range of issues facing senior leaders; and to prepare delegates for the challenges they will face as senior leaders.
It is suitable for participants from Primary and Secondary phases.  The course is led by current senior leaders with a proven track record of success at this level of leadership.

How is the programme delivered?

The programme will comprise of 4 afternoon sessions (1.30-4.30pm) and a final Celebration event.
The programme will include a structured tour of the school and an opportunity to meet the Headteacher, see further details below.  The 5 sessions within the programme  will be held at different schools within the Cambridge & Peterborough area.  During the programme participants will undertake a small scale project focused on school improvement which they will present in the final twilight session.

Key elements of the programme 

Session 1: Succeeding in Senior Leadership

  • Introduction to the Programme
  • Setting a strategic vision
  • Action planning
  • Tools for evaluation
  • Change Management

Session 2: Scenario planning

  • Dealing with challenging situations
  • HR issues: sickness/capability
  • Accountability: holding yourself and others to account

Session 3: Closing the Gap

  • Data
  • Curriculum & Accountability
  • Progress 8
  • Intervention – sharing strategies

Session 4: Preparation for interview and establishing yourself as a senior leader

  • The selection process
  • Establishing yourself in your first year
  • Keeping abreast of National Developments

Session 5: Celebration Event

Programme Cost

The cost of the programme will be £450 (plus VAT) per delegate, payable on acceptance onto the course and is non-refundable.

For further information, or to request a place on the 2017/18 programme,
Contact the Programme Administrator:

Fiona Lightfoot at