SSAT Middle Leadership programme

Essential training for middle leadership
Support the development of one middle leader or aspiring middle leader in your school with one FREE place on SSAT's member-exclusive programme.

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Why join this programme?

The direct and significant impact of middle leaders on teaching and learning makes them key to school improvement. To be successful, middle leaders need to develop a broad range of knowledge, skills, and behaviours. This member-exclusive programme draws upon SSAT’s extensive experience and expertise in providing high quality middle leadership training that will empower and equip middle leaders from SSAT member schools to lead effectively. Participants will be part of SSAT’s national network of middle leaders, sharing practice and learning. In addition, participants will benefit from SSAT’s leading teams competency audit tools, supporting resources and reading.

Suitability: For current and aspiring middle leaders in SSAT member schools.

Three cohorts planned for 2022-23 (one per term)

Programme aims

  • Develop confidence and competence in key aspects of middle leadership
  • Engage in reflective practice and with research
  • Build high performing teams
  • Create a national network for middle leaders

This programme is a member-exclusive benefit

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Module information

Module 1: Vision, values and the moral purpose

Thursday 6 October 2022, 3.30pm-5.30pm

This first module begins by reflecting on the importance of vision, values, and moral purpose.

Aims for the session:

  • To consider what a ‘vision’ is and its importance for school leadership
  • To reflect on the relationship between vision and values
  • To reflect upon our own values and moral purpose
  • To shape the vision for our team or area of responsibility

Module 2: Developing your leadership approach

Thursday 20 October, 3.30pm-5.30pm

This module looks at developing leadership approaches to improve effectiveness. It includes the importance of self-awareness and emotional intelligence, as well as exploring leadership characteristics and styles.

Aims for the session:

  • To become more self-aware as leaders, reflecting on leadership characteristics and behaviours
  • To consider the importance of emotional intelligence and understand the impact of behaviour on team performance
  • To explore the impact of different leadership styles and a situational leadership approach
  • To understand how leadership contributes to organisational culture

Module 3: Leading and managing innovation and change

Thursday 10 November 2022, 3.30pm-5.30pm

This module explores the complex issues involved in leading and managing change. It includes practical tools for change management as well as how to handle the emotional aspect of change.

Aims for the session:

  • To reflect on the emotional, psychological, and practical aspects of change
  • To consider the implications of leading in a period of constant change
  • To develop understanding of the change management process and some models/frameworks that may enable us to lead change more effectively
  • To reflect on the implementation process

Module 4: Quality assurance

Thursday 24 November 2022, 3.30pm-5.30pm

This module considers the role of middle leaders in quality assuring provision and addressing needs.

Aims for the session:

  • To consider middle leaders’ roles and responsibilities in quality assurance
  • To reflect on a variety of quality assurance processes, including performance management
  • To support middle leaders in holding themselves and others to account
  • To consider approaches to managing difficult conversations

Module 5: Building a high performing team

Thursday 8 December 2022, 3.30pm-5.30pm

This module looks at the key ingredients to building a high-performance team.

Aims for the session:

  • To explore characteristics of high performing teams and dysfunctional teams
  • To reflect on stages of team development
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of teams you lead and considered how you can improve performance
  • Be equipped to support a culture that builds strong teams and shares good practice