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Moving On and Moving On

Its been an disorientating time of life; the last year or so. Losing mum and dad, deciding to retire and selling our house; many of life’s more stressful events rolled into a twelve month period. It’ll all take some getting use to but life continues to be good and blessed in many ways.


It’s slightly odd when you see your job advertised and fully realise it won’t be your job for much longer. Potentially meeting people who want a pre-visit (always very sensible) will just be bizarre. If you want to know more, the advert is on both Schools Week & TES websites; the information to candidates is here. If you fancy leading BEBCMAT, we’ve got some really good things going on but there’s still loads to do. Promise you you won’t be bored and you will be working with great people

But as one door closes another one has opened and I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to engage in the professional development of future school leaders. A chance conversation (Lisa Petiffer and Michael Merrick have much to answer for; they set up the Northern Lights Conference); some follow up phone calls and a chance to do something I love seems to have duly fallen in place. The intention is to set up a Northern Lights 50; 50 senior leaders who want to deepen their understanding of and ability to lead a school.

It’s a 26 month programme, starting September 2019, which is a combined Master’s and Apprenticeship programme in education. The intention is to create a programme that has a bit of attitude and some different thinking in what is a continually changing education landscape. A depth of content, quality learning and 1-2-1 executive coaching are all contained within.

More Information Available Here

Senior Leadership Prorgramme – Application Form

As with many Masters programmes it costs; one of the things that attracted me was the potential for this to be funded via the Apprenticeship Levy. I hate to think how much money multi academy trusts and local authorities will be handing back to the Treasury, unspent and unused, in the years ahead. Collectively, schools pay approximately £150m per year into the apprenticeship levy. The money can be spent on professional development apprenticeships for new and existing staff. The Senior Leadership Programme is entirely funded by the apprenticeship levy. If you want to know more please phone, Ben Barton at the National College of Education on 07590 692595 or email him ben.barton@nationaleducation.college.

I’m pleased to say Ben and his team will sort all that stuff out. My focus will simply be working with other leaders; that’s the really rewarding bit. It’s what excites me.



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