Stepping up to Senior Leadership

Moving from middle leadership to senior leadership requires a mind-set shift to whole school thinking, the skills to manage complex teams and competing priorities whilst maintaining focus on ensuring you are keeping your students at the centre of what you do. This exciting new programme will support you to develop the knowledge, skills, mind-set and networks to develop as a senior leader. Whether you have recently joined the senior leadership team or aspire to do so soon, this programme will help you take and be successful in the next step in your teaching career.

How the programme works

Delegates will complete a competency audit tool which will allow them to self assess their leadership skills and ensure the programme is tailored to their needs. Delegates will also use personality profiling tool Strengthsfinder (TM) to support them to consider how to build on their unique personal qualities.

Event one:

Stepping up to senior Leadership:

  • Personal and professional readiness
  • Competencies for senior leadership
  • Developing a vision for yourself as a senior leader
  • Working across multiple schools


Tuesday 27th February 2018


Colmers School & Sixth Form College, Birmingham

Event two:

Job applications, recruitment and talent development and HR issues:

(Sessions will be tailored to the needs of the delegates)

  • Securing a senior leadership role – application letters and interview
  • Performance management
  • Talent development
  • Recruitment best practice


25 April 2018


Queens Park High School, Chester

Event three:

Leading change and managing complexity:

  • Getting a whole-school/multi-school perspective
  • Negotiating and influencing
  • Change management
  • Developing innovative practice
  • Understanding budget management and operating in financially constrained circumstances


Thursday 5th July 2018


Shenley Brook End School, Milton Keynes

Event four:

SSAT National Conference 2018:

  • Engage in the education debate on key issues for school leaders
  • Learn from nationally and internationally recognised experts in the field both from within and beyond education
  • Participate in school-led workshops hosted by some of the country’s most successful and innovative schools


5 December 2018


ICC, Birmingham


  • Visit three different schools across the country
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and mind set to be a successful senior leader
  • Hear from head teachers and senior leaders with track records of success
  • Attend the SSAT national conference where you will get to hear from top school leader and education experts
  • Explore different types of senior leadership roles and build a cohort of peers to learn with
register your interest

In order to showcase the best variety of leadership practice and school contexts all of our programmes are run at venues across the country. For example, recent programmes have included venues based in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, Chester and Coventry. The programme is also subject to change dependent on the needs of delegates.

Delegates are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses for all events.

register your interest

10 months

Four events, including three one-day school visits and one-day attendance at the National Conference 2018

Ideal for
Aspiring and newly-appointed senior leaders

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