Middle Leadership Training


  • Friday 29th January 2021
  • Friday 26th February 2021
  • Friday 26th March 2021
  • Friday 30th April 2021
  • Friday 21st May 2021

Sessions to be run online via Zoom, 9.30am – 12.00pm

Trainers: Faye Heming & Sarah Rawet-Smith, School Support Solutions

Cost: £300(+VAT) for all sessions; £80(+VAT) per session for individual sessions.


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

Our Middle Leadership Training is a series of half day sessions 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.

Session 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 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.

Session 2

In session 2 we will build further on the work on vision from the first session. We will introduce you to ways of implementing change through 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.

From session 2 onwards, there will be an opportunity for participants to reflect upon the progress they have made with their school improvement project and make any necessary adjustments.

Session 3

This is the session where we will focus 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 potentially difficult conversations which you could encounter as part of school improvement, performance management or in your daily lives as teachers. We will look at a 10-minute coaching plan and how this can be used to get people on board with the changes you are introducing.

Session 4

This is a very practical session where we will share some monitoring techniques and guide you through a work scrutiny to ensure a focus on evaluating the effectiveness of your school improvement project. You will need to bring some pupils’ books and monitoring records to this session to gain the most from it.

Session 5

The final session focuses on further developing your monitoring skills to ensure you are gaining a rounded view of the effectiveness of the quality of education. We will support you in interpreting statutory data to help you 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 will consider how you share the impact of your work in school with all stakeholders as well as any external bodies, such as Ofsted or school improvement advisors.

Finally, we shall use this session to review the actions plan for your project and reflect on the actions you will need to take in the final term to ascertain the effectiveness of the changes you have introduced.