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Middle Leadership Programme (MLP)

2021-2022  Middle Leadership Programme (via Zoom)

Build skills, confidence and capability to become an effective leader

For new, aspirant & current middle leaders 

6 live online half-day sessions and an introductory twilight

£300 per person (discounts apply for multiple bookings)


The Middle Leadership Programme will help participants to

  • develop a clear understanding of the difference between leadership and management
  • establish effective teams and support them towards outstanding learning and teaching
  • identify gaps in pupil achievement and explore strategies to overcome these
  • gain a greater understanding of the use of school data to close the gap according to school improvement priorities
  • understand how to lead and sustain successful change to support school improvement priorities
  • appreciate the importance of sustaining ‘self’ in order to be an effective leader


The programme offers elements of the full existing National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML):

Participants will carry out a school based project, developing their leadership competencies and putting elements of the programme in to practice.   Participant will need a school-based coach who can meet them regularly.


2020/21 MLP dates (all via Zoom):

1 hour initial introductory session for participants & coaches:

Tuesday 5th October           4pm – 5pm

Followed by 6 sessions for participants only:

Thursday 21st October       1pm – 4pm

Tuesday 2nd November      1pm – 4pm

Thursday 2nd December     1pm – 4pm
Tuesday 1st February          1pm – 4pm

Thursday 7th April                1pm – 4pm

Thursday 9th June                1pm – 4pm

Participants are required to attend all sessions


Sessions will cover

Leading and managing school improvement

  • Defining leadership & management and behaviours
  • Exploring the gaps, including within-school variation
  • Using data to identify gaps in learner outcomes

Leading teaching and learning

  • What makes teaching & learning high quality?
  • Modelling, monitoring & dialogue: influencing high quality practice

Leading and sustaining successful change

  • Models of change
  • Barriers & levers to successful change
  • Dealing with resistance & holding others to account

Leading an effective team

  • Leading through trust
  • Growing individual & team capacity
  • Stages of team development
  • Sustaining self and others


Previous participant feedback

“We were looking for a middle leadership development and it was clear to us this programme was very reasonably priced and covered elements that other courses could not provide us. I have seen our middle leader become much more confident in her role and she has provided exceptionally positive feedback about the training and facilitators” Secondary school headteacher

“I highly recommend this programme for both existing and new middle leaders.  The facilitator was so knowledgeable and approachable.” Previous participant

“I feel so much more confident in my role and in my ability to utilise data effectively.  Thank you!” Previous participant


Register your interest for places


Telephone 01329 239584

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