Middle Leadership Training

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  • Friday 2nd October 2020
  • Friday 29th January 2021
  • Friday 30th April 2021

Venue: A12, Advent House, Victoria Offices, Roche, PL26 8LG

Trainers: Faye Heming & John Jones, School Support Solutions

Cost: £390(+VAT) for all three days


  • Middle leaders
  • Teachers aspiring to be middle leaders
  • Subject leaders (core subjects)

Our Middle Leadership Training is a series of 3 days of training for teachers who are, or who aspire to be, middle leaders. The aim of the course is to provide high-quality leadership development for teachers and equip them with the key tools, theories and confidence to become leaders of teaching and learning with a focus on accountability and change management.

This is a practical course which encourages the participants to reflect on their own leadership styles and utilise their strengths to drive forward school improvement. Throughout the sessions, middle leaders will be guided through practical tasks such as monitoring activities and data analysis, then harnessing this information to focus their drive for school improvement in the most pertinent areas.

To book places, please contact michelle@caph.org.uk. Please provide name, email, school and job role for all attendees.

Course Aims

The course aims include the following:

  • identify your preferred leadership style and know how to utilise it effectively;
  • create a culture of improvement through a clearly communicated vision;
  • develop a leadership approach which enhances the performance of the team;
  • understand which leadership strategies to use to influence and persuade;
  • lead and manage innovation and change;
  • plan strategically using SMART targets;
  • analyse and use performance data to inform your actions;
  • dealing with challenging people in a team;
  • utilise monitoring strategies for improvement and support.

Day 1

The first session focuses on identifying your leadership style and understanding the difference between leading and managing. We will consider the range of leadership styles and the strengths and pitfalls of each to ensure you can utilise your preferred leadership style effectively.

We will also explore the role a middle leaders play in school and the importance of developing and articulating a clear vision as you implement changes with the aim of improving an aspect of school practice. There is a strong focus on how to implement change using the ‘dimensions of change model’ and how this can be used to identify key priorities for you to focus on in your own setting. This will be linked to writing SMART targets to ensure action plans are concise and effective.

All participants are encouraged to identify a specific area or project for school improvement, linked to their areas of responsibility in school, so you can gain the most from the sessions, and draw upon support from the course leaders.

Day 2

The second session focuses on developing your influence and persuasion skills to help you implement your school improvement project. We will look in detail at why people resist change so that you can develop the necessary skills to get everyone on board and embrace change.

We will practice dealing with ‘difficult people’ and the course leaders will share strategies to help you tune in to others and ascertain why they may be behaving in such a way. As part of the session we will help you prepare for any potential difficult conversations which you could encounter as part of school improvement, performance management or in your daily lives as teachers. We will consider the importance of being a role model in school and ‘walking the talk’.

During the second session we will also share some monitoring techniques and guide you through a work scrutiny to ensure a focus on evaluating the impact of school improvement. This is a very practical session and you will need to bring pupils’ books to the session to gain the most from the day.

There will be an opportunity for participants to reflect upon the progress they have made with their school improvement project.

Day 3

The final session focuses on further developing your monitoring skills to ensure you are gaining a rounded view of the effectiveness of teaching and learning. We will support you in using statutory data and interpreting the Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR) to help middle leaders understand why some areas are identified as key priorities by the school and Ofsted. We shall also share the potential pitfalls when using data.

We shall use this session to review the actions plan for your project and reflect upon the progress made thus far and then reflect on the actions you will need to take in the final term to ascertain the effectiveness of the changes you have introduced.

Finally, we will consider how you share the impact of your work in school with all stakeholders as well as any external bodies, such as Ofsted.

T. 01726 212892 E. info@caph.org.uk