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 is delivered over four afternoon sessions and includes a final Celebration event.  The programme will include structured tours of host schools and an opportunity to meet Headteachers. 

Key elements of the programme:

Succeeding in Senior Leadership

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

Closing the Gap/Effective use of whole school data

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

Preparation for interview and establishing yourself as a senior leader

  • The selection process
  • Change management
  • Establishing yourself in your first year

Scenario planning/Dealing with challenging situations

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

Celebration event

Programme cost, dates and venues 

The cost of the programme is £450 + VAT per delegate, payable on acceptance onto the course and is non-refundable. 

Details of the Essex based programme commencing Wednesday 15th November are listed below.  For further information, or to request a place on the Essex based programme, please contact the Programme Administrator, Jane Catley at

 Essex based programme Autumn Term 2017

Date Session Timing Venue
15 Nov 2017 Succeeding in Senior Leadership 2pm – 5pm Saffron Walden County High School
5 Dec 2017 Effective use of whole school data 2pm – 5pm Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport
18 Jan 2018 Preparing for interview and establishing yourself as a senior leader 2pm – 5pm Hedingham School
7 Feb 2018 Dealing with challenging situations 2pm – 5pm Katherine Semar Junior School, Saffron Walden
26 June 2018 Celebration event 4.00pm – 5.30pm Saffron Walden County High School