Middle Leadership Development

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Middle Leadership Development Programme

“Middle leaders are enthusiasts for their subject, good managers and administrators – but to be truly effective they embrace the more challenging characteristics of leadership, which are to do with vision, strategy and a drive towards improvement.” – Mike Cladingbowl, National Director, Ofsted


We will once again be running this highly successful programme during the 2016 – 17 academic year. This programme gives delegates the opportunity to develop their skills, confidence and knowledge to focus on driving successful team performance and improving outcomes for learners.

Drawing from materials produced by NCTL and the NY Leadership Academy, the programme will include face-to-face training sessions, school-based development tasks, and a residential element.


The programme will aim to:

  • Improve the quality of Middle Leadership in schools
  • Enhance understanding of the mechanics of leadership
  • Enhance understanding of the personal qualities of leadership to modify individual responses to achieve impact
  • Ensure an impact of middle leadership upon an aspect of school improvement
  • Link personal development to school improvement in order to identify the impact of middle leadership across the school
  • Enhance middle leader effectiveness to support career and professional development opportunities

Who should apply?

Individuals working in any age phase with responsibility for leading an aspect within a school, which may be a team of staff, Key Stage, department, subject or curriculum area.

 Recent feedback from delegates:

  • It was fantastic; everything we covered was incredibly useful and contacts and working relationships we made were invaluable.
  • It helped me to recognise how to move forward in my career
  • It has helped me to think in terms of ‘the big picture’ within school; has improved my understanding of the importance of communicating with and securing engagement from stakeholders; has made me think about my potential role in coaching others and sharing good practice.

The programme is structured throughout the academic year, starting on 8th November with an initial ½ day introductory session; Friday/ Saturday residential on 27th & 28th January 2017 at Monk Fryston Hall Hotel; and a final ½ day session on 25th May 2017. Between sessions there will be tasks to complete in own schools, relevant to each individual context. Delegates must commit to attendance at all sessions.

The focus is development of knowledge and attributes relating to leadership. This contributes to personal and professional growth. The programme will provide some useful tools and approaches to work in schools. Delegates will need to translate how these could work in their own unique circumstance.

Delegates should have a coach nominated in school to assist with the inter-sessional tasks and to act as a ‘critical friend’. This is an important part of the programme.

Places are limited to 20 for the 2016/17 cohort

Course Tutors

  • Rick Weights, NLE and headteacher at Monk Fryston CE Primary School
    Chris Power, headteacher at Barkston Ash RC Primary School

Training Session Dates:
8th November 2016
27th & 28th January 2017
25th May 2017

£360 per delegate for STAR Alliance members
£400 per delegate for non-member schools

This includes all course materials, face-to-face sessions, and a full-board residential at Monk Fryston Hall Hotel. Each delegate will be given a pack of information and resources to take away from the training