Leadership Development Programmes 2021

We know that students’ outcomes depend upon the quality of teaching which, in turn, depends upon the quality of school leadership. As we emerge from the shadow of the pandemic and find all our students struggling to counter the impact of lost learning – our most disadvantaged students falling behind their more fortunate peers – it will require first class school leadership to close the disadvantage gap. It follows, then, that the investment in leadership represented by the National College of Education (NCE) suite of leadership programmes could not have been developed at a more opportune time.

Along with a number of highly experienced and successful school leaders and academics, John Tomsett (@johntomsett) and I are tutors on the Level 7 Masters programme.  It has been a great process shaping the content of the course. I have worked with John on the “Turning Theory into Practice” sessions where we take the course content and relate it to what we have been doing in schools. The delegates have really appreciated learning from people who have walked the walked.

We also hope to have tutor groups on the self-funded MAs in Leadership in Education and Science of Learning.  We will bring our 60+ years of working in and leading schools, most recently in York & Blackpool respectively, to enrich these programmes.  The experience has enabled us to begin the important process of distilling into teachable chunks the wisdom gained from being secondary head teachers for literally decades. For the current cohort of learners we deliver a series of sixteen Tuesday evening seminars to extend the excellent programme materials by setting them in the context of day-to-day school leadership.

If you are responsible for the professional development of staff – at a school, multi-academy trust or local authority level – and would like a discussion with John or myself about establishing a cohesive leadership professional development programme, please email me at stephen@leadinglearner.me.

Below there are five programmes that may be either fully or partly funded using the Apprenticeship Levy and below that two Masters programmes that may be school/self-funded.

If you would like to find out more about Developing Staff Using the Apprenticeship Levy, we are running a free seminar on the 2nd March 2021 at 7.30 pm. You may register here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/developing-staff-using-the-apprenticeship-levy-tickets-140643208623

The following five programmes may all be funded by the Apprenticeship Levy.  The Instructional Coaching, Education Management & Senior Leaders Masters are fully funded with the MBA in Educational Management being part funded.  The training element of the Graduate Teacher Programme may be funded from the Apprenticeship Levy.  If you are interested in any of these programmes please register your interest by completing the Google Form which at the bottom of this page. 

Instructional Coaching Programme (Level 4 Assessor/Coach)

This new fifteen month is designed for Early Career Framework & NQT mentors; ITT Leads and Leadership/ Teaching & Learning coaches.  It brings together the highly regarded Basic Coaching (Andy Buck) and Walkthrus (Tom Sherrington & Oliver Caviglioli) programmes.  For schools, academies and Trusts seeking to establish a coaching culture it will provide the necessary professional coaching framework, standards and practice.  The programme itself consists of twelve online professional learning sessions.  More information is available in the PDF below.

Education Management Programme (Level 5 Departmental/Operations Manager)

This popular eighteen month programme is available to middle leaders and aspiring senior leaders.  These colleagues are the powerhouse of every school; implementing policy at a departmental, phase or year group level.  The programme is built upon the Leadership Matters programme (Andy Buck) with its focus on servant leadership, coaching and performance achievement.  It consists of five key modules, deliver via professional learning days and twilight seminars, and a school leadership project.  More information is available in the PDF below.

Senior Leadership Programme (Level 7 Senior Leader & MA in School Leadership & Management)

The L7 Masters combined with Apprenticeship has been a qualification of unique genius, in that it combines course content full of relevant theory from both education and the business world, with the doing-it-for-real element of applying what is learnt to what is happening in the delegates’ schools right now. The fact that the L7 Masters is fully funded by the Apprenticeship Levy is just an added bonus. The main thing is the high quality teaching and learning that is taking place, which is grounded in research evidence and delivered by some of the best practitioners in the country.

This is a highly regarded and increasingly influential two year programme for senior leaders, including headteachers, which also covers all the new National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH).  The programme consists of five core modules – Learning to Lead; Operations Management; Strategic Leadership; Innovation & Change and Leadership in Education – and a whole school change project.  More information is available in the PDF below.

There are two other programmes that may be part-funded from the Apprenticeship Levy:

MBA in Education Management

This is an “invitation only” programme for system leaders; people with responsibility for leading a group of schools.  If you would like your name to be put forward for the programme and hear a little bit more about it please select the “MBA in Education Management” option when completing the form below.  More information is available in the PDF below.

Graduate Teacher Programme

With teacher training bursaries slashed for 2021/22 many schools are looking at innovative ways to train graduates.  The Graduate Teacher Programme has many similarities to the Salaried Direct route that schools may be more familiar with.  More information is available in the PDF below.

School or Self-Funded Programmes

If you are interested in studying a school/ self-funded Masters then two MAs are available via the National College of Education: an MA in Leadership in Education and a MA in the Science of Learning. 

Leadership in Education Masters

This is a twelve month programme for colleagues with four of more years leadership experience.  The programme delivers a research-based MA in Education with an intensive taught course on the key elements of leading a school.  It consists of five core modules – Learning to Lead; Operations Management; Strategic Leadership; Innovation & Change and Research Methodologies and Masters Writing.  More information is available in the PDF below.

Science of Learning Masters

This is a twelve month programme which seeks to develop teaching expertise through evidence-based research and promotes the scholarship required to reflect deeply and improve your own professional practice, and that of others.  It consists of five core modules – Curriculum; Neuroscience & Psychology of Learning; Literature Review – Contemporary Issues in Education; Assessment and Research Methodologies and Masters Writing.  More information is available in the PDF below.

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