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Senior Leadership Development Programme

A programme designed to meet the needs of those already involved in the Senior Leadership Team, as well as those new to system leadership, SLEs, and senior leadership responsibilities

This three-day course seeks to meet the needs of those who wish to develop their ideas about wider senior school leadership, Teaching Alliance and system leadership; including the ‘Big Six’ agenda, and who wish to maximise their skills and effectiveness – and who also seek to make further professional progress.   The programme will be underpinned by an emphasis on the key skills of coaching and constructive communication.   It will also use the unifying vehicle of an individual ‘senior leadership focus’ (research option) to generate learning.

This programme was run very successfully in 2015-6 with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Comments include:

 ‘So relevant, inspiring and supportive’

‘Very vibrant discussion that went direct to the issues’

‘A great balance of theory / research and time to discuss with colleagues’

Course Delivery

The programme will be delivered by Ed Lott. 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.

Course content

Wednesday 9th November 2016 9:00-3:30 Self, Role, Context

  • The opportunities and challenges of senior and system leadership
  • Accountability and the senior leader or SLE
  • Coaching and communication skills
  • Senior leadership styles
  • The emotionally intelligent senior leader
  • The senior leadership focus

Wednesday 18h January 2017 9:00-3:30 Building High Performing Teams

  • Team basics
  • Nine key team features and ‘drift’ analysis
  • Distributed leadership: key strategies
  • Performance management issues
  • Assessment techniques
  • The senior leadership focus

Thursday 9th March 2017  9:00-3:30 Dealing with the Difficult

  • Conflict resolution: key strategies
  • The senior leadership learning conversation
  • The ‘Big Six’ and OFSTED
  • Working with Headteachers, Deputies and Governors
  • Leading in the new self-supporting school system


 The course will be held at Meadowside CP School, Knaresborough


The programme costs £300 per delegate for North Star members, £400 for non-members.

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.