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first steps to becoming highly effective course

First Steps Virtual Book Club

Course overview

Are you always as effective as you would like? Do you always prioritise the “big” things in life and work? Would you like to improve your relationships so that everyone “wins”?

The First Steps programme has been redesigned to keep us all safe and will be delivered as a bookclub format. You will develop personal effectiveness capabilities to use in home life and as you progress on your pathway in school. First Steps has a proven structure encouraging you to engage with some inspiring reading and then reflect upon your role and competencies to lead in an educational setting. During the course you will take responsibility for the learning of the whole group, reflecting together in a book club format which will be hosted by Jan Rudge on Zoom.

Together you will develop creative learning opportunities and build a network of supportive colleagues from similar settings. Together you will explore the powerful changes you can first make in self leadership before you can most effectively lead others.

Key Outcomes

  • Learn about being proactive and beginning with the end in mind
  • Develop successful relationships, thinking about the viewpoints of others
  • Improve your listening skills
  • Overcome thinking patterns that can sabotage your success
  • Look for creative and win-win opportunities
  • Manage your time more effectively - urgent versus important
  • Respond positively to setbacks and challenges

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for both teaching and non-teaching staff who are looking to enhance personal effectiveness in all roles.

Course schedule

The course starts on Thursday 5th November and takes approximately 8 months to complete.

Session Date
Phase 1: Getting started -  Read Inside-out and Seven Habits overview. Watch Jan's video and read materials. Read Habit 1 - Being Proactive . Complete before 5th November
Initial virtual book club discussion Thursday 5th November, 4.30pm
Phase 2: Put First Things First - Read Habits 2 and 3, watch Jan's videos and reflect on how you begin with the end in mind and put first things first.   Complete before 7th January 2021
Hosted virtual book club discussion Thursday 7th January 2021, 4.30pm
Phase 3: Practices to help you be more effectiveRead Habits 4, 5 and 6, watch Jan's videos and reflect on how you can see things from others perspectives, look for win-wins and best possible outcomes.  Complete before 25th March 2021
Hosted virtual book club discussion Thursday 25th March 2021, 4.30pm

Phase 4: Bringing it all together - Read the final habit and plan to practise these to embed the approaches in all aspects of your life.

Complete before 10th June
Final virtual book club discussion Thursday 10th June 2021, 4.30pm


Course cost

£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.