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Middle Leaders Development programme 2017-2018

This programme is for all colleagues who ‘lead from the classroom’, who are required to combine classroom commitments with wider whole-school responsibilities. The three-day course will establish the main building blocks of successful leadership. And seeks to meet the needs of those who wish to develop their ideas about wider school leadership, maximise their skills and effectiveness – and who also wish to make further professional progress. The programme will be underpinned by an emphasis on the key skills of coaching and constructive communication. The course will also use the unifying vehicle of a ‘leadership focus’ to generate learning.

Course Delivery

The programme will be delivered by Ed Lott and Nikkie Beniams. Nikkie is Head Teacher at Knayton CE School in Thirsk and a North Star SLE. Ed is an ex-headteacher and is a former National College for School Leadership Associate Leader with over thirty years experience in education and professional development. Full programme notes and on-line support are included.


Tuesday 7th November 2017 9am-3.30pm – Self -Assessment

  • Coaching and Communication skills.
  • ‘The Challenges of Middle Leadership’.
  • Self, Role, Context.
  • Use of Time Assessment.
  • Leadership Styles and the Emotionally Intelligent leader.
  • The Leadership Focus Activity.

Thursday 8th February 2018 9am-3.30pm – Building Teams – Team Basics

  • Leadership through others. Leading Learning.
  • Leading in the Wider School.
  • Distributed Leadership.
  • Dealing with the Difficult.

Thursday 7th June 2018 9am-3.30pm – The 2020 Middle Leader

  • The Leadership Focus Presentation.
  • Leading in the new Self-Supporting School System.
  • Leadership Development Portfolio.
  • Next Steps.


Meadowside Academy, Halfpenny Lane, Knaresborough, HG5 0SL


The cost of the programme is £300 per delegate for North Star and Polaris members (£400 non-members).

Book here: To book please contact North Star

Please note that in the event of a cancellation the following terms will be applied:

Cancellations within two weeks of the first event: 50% charge; cancellations within 48 hrs of the event/no show: 100% charge. If delegates do not attend all three days, your school will still be charged the full amount.