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aspiring middle leaders course

Leadership Learning Club

Course overview

The Leadership Learning Club is designed to support aspiring middle leaders and early middle leaders. You will learn about leadership theory with a practical twist!

You will be introduced to the competencies that form the foundation for the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML) and it can prepare you for the new NPQs that will become available in Autumn 2021.  

Over the course of this school year, you will explore leadership styles and models and develop personal self-awareness in order to reflect on your own leadership approach in real work situations. You will share your journey with others at a similar stage of development thereby learning about other school contexts and a range of ways of responding to different situations. 

There will be a focus on Leadership through change; something we are all grappling with, and you will consider how versatility and collaboration, alongside clear goals, positive communication and thorough planning, can guide you through the complexity of our current context.   

You will consider the importance of communication, understanding the perspectives of others and how these can help you to handle difficult conversations for positive outcomes. 

To enhance the programme for delivery in the "new normal" of 2020-2021 we have reimagined and redesigned the delivery to keep you all safe, minimising face to face risks and negating the need for travel around the area.  All while still giving you a reflective and collaborative experience.

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Course schedule

Due to Covid-19, we have redesigned the programme to be delivered as a virtual series that incorporates and thinkpiece and video on the topic, to stimulate your thinking and practice.

You will then join colleagues every half term in a live Zoom conversation to explore the leadership approaches in more depth.

Session Date
Session 1: Introduction and overview - What do you need to Lead? Exploring competencies and behaviours to succeed in the current educational landscape (this initial session may be delivered online). Thursday 15th October, 4.00pm to 5.30pm
Session 2: Self-awareness and why leaders need emotional intelligence - Increasing your capacity for success Thursday 1st December, 4.00pm to 5.30pm
Session 3: Johari's Window: leading a team - Why personal values matter. Discover yours. Thursday 21st January 2021, 4.00pm to 5.30pm
Session 4: Holding challenging conversations - Why communication matters. Thursday 18th March 2021, 4.00pm to 5.30pm
Session 5: Leading through change - The role of non-directive coaching in leadership. Tuesday 27th April 2021, 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Session 6: Manage your motivation and that of your team - The 3C's: choice, connection, competence

Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 4.00pm to 5.30pm



£195. Prices detailed are for one delegate. Discounts may be available for multiple bookings

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Terms and conditions

  • No charge will be made if your booking is cancelled two weeks before the event.
  • No charge will be made for replacement delegates.
  • A 50% charge will be made for cancellations between one and two weeks.
  • If a cancellation is made within one week of the event a 100% charge will be made.

The organisers reserve the right to make reasonable modifications to the programme without prior notice and you would receive 5 days notice if the event were to be cancelled by the organisers. The organisers take no liability for any additional costs delegates incur in attending CPD programmes.

Joining instructions and an invoice will be forwarded to you in the week prior to the event and we kindly request payment within 30 days.