Our leadership development courses will challenge, empower and transform leadership in your organisation for aspiring, middle and senior leaders.

Whether you need a one-day course or an extended programme, we have the skills, experience and expertise to meet your needs.

Handling Difficult Conversations

Having difficult conversations are an increasingly common feature of modern education. When the need for them arises, do you engage in the conversation or dodge it? Whether it’s challenging a member of your team to raise their performance or dealing with a parent whose child has been involved in disruptive behaviour, you need to be able to handle these interactions effectively and positively.

This course will help you understand that difficult conversations are not as daunting as they appear and highlights the benefits that managing difficult conversations can bring to you as an individual and to your organisation.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Practical steps on how to effectively handle the before, during and after of difficult conversations.
  • Actions and language to avoid at all costs.
  • Reflection on your personal style and approach when communicating and challenging others.
  • Opportunities to really develop your confidence and skills when dealing with others through scenario-based learning.
Communicating for Buy-in

Developing strong communication is cited as essential for effective leadership, but it is often neglected as leaders either lack the time or self-awareness to reflect on the impact of their current communication style.

This course will help leaders improve the skills and emotional competencies they need to positively connect with their team, give constructive criticism and handle complaints. They will also learn how to give good feedback and encouragement.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Appraisals, feedback and motivation – comprises feedback, one-to-ones, the performance appraisal and how to motivate.
  • Disagreements and complaints – looks at how to handle disagreements, complaints and confrontation, problem-solving and how to make difficult announcements.
  • Criticism and negotiation – advice on giving criticism, useful phrases, being assertive, negotiation and persuasion.
  • Non-verbal communication – provides information on body language, listening skills, confidence, managing emotions at work and written communication tips.
Leading Improvements in the Quality of Teaching and Learning

The aim of this course is to provide leaders with the knowledge and skills to achieve consistently high standards of learning and teaching across their lessons. It explores how leaders can secure a positive culture among staff and successfully move planning for learning and teaching to the highest level.

Leaders will be able to discuss how the concept of whole school and departmental identity and ownership can be nurtured and established allowing staff to fully contribute to the development and achievement of predetermined whole-school learning and teaching objectives.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Ways to establish an agreed consensus on what constitutes high-quality teaching and learning at a collegiate level.
  • Taking the practical steps to build a culture and ethos that places a high value on quality learning and teaching.
  • Providing insight on how organisational Development Plans formalises structures and underpins high-quality learning and teaching.
  • How to effectively plan, monitor and evaluate outcomes and standards as a means of motivation.
Leading and Managing Change

During this time of change and reform strong, confident and inclusive leadership has never been more important. This course is about equipping leaders with the knowledge, understanding, skills and competence they need to deliver reforms while bringing their staff along with them.

This course will begin by considering the nature of change, its effects and the practical outcomes of managing change. It will look at the drivers for change and how staff can react to change and reform. It will then consider the steps required for successful change management.

This course will focus on the individual leader, exploring issues around having the right skill set and confidence to deliver change. This aspect of the course will focus on appropriate styles of leadership and approaches to people management, exploring the idea that the art of change leadership lies in how a person implements change, not just in the change itself.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Understanding the nature of change, its effects and the practical outcomes of managing change.
  • The steps for successful change leadership, e.g. creating a sense of urgency and developing a clear vision highlighting the benefits of the change.
  • Supporting staff during times of change.
  • Building the confidence and personal capacity to effectively lead change.
Motivating and Inspiring Staff

There is no limit to what can be achieved by a motivated team with an inspirational leader, but when faced with day-to-day pressures keeping individuals and teams motivated and inspired can be a daunting challenge. It can be hard to know how to get the best from the people you lead.

This course will examine proven practical strategies to encourage all staff to contribute positively towards a common vision. It will give guidance on establishing agreed working practices, effective communication, developing a positive culture of accountability and evidence gathering.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Approaches to create a common vision for the school.
  • Techniques for communicating.
  • Using praise – what makes it work?
  • How to establish agreed working practices.
  • Practical accountability and evidence-gathering techniques.
Moving into Leadership

Organisations need leaders who bring new perspectives, new thinking, new ideas and who have the skills and knowledge to lead in an ever-changing world. One of our greatest challenges is the elevation of good practitioners to leadership. Indeed, investing in leadership development is a key ingredient in the performance of any ambitious organisation.

This course is specifically designed for those who aspire to leadership and will develop core leadership skills and approaches. It aims to help aspiring leaders understand the behaviours and traits required to make the transition to leadership. It considers the opportunities and challenges of leadership and through discussion, reflection and scenario-based learning will explore the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to lead a team of fellow professionals.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • The profile of a strong leader: style, attitude, traits and values.
  • Consideration of a range of leadership styles and discussion on the skills and values required to stride ahead.
  • Strategies to motivate and inspire your future team.
  • Learning new and effective approaches to become a more successful communicator.
Action Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Standards

This is a practical session designed to provide middle and senior leaders with an understanding and appreciation of the stages of effective action planning, including the need to monitor and evaluate progress as the basis for further development.

This course will explore the necessary steps required to develop an effective action plan that leads to sustained improvement. It also explores the many approaches to monitoring and evaluating learning, teaching, assessment and pastoral care, enabling all leaders to undertake a probing analysis of their area’s progress and performance.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Setting clear targets and inclusive success criteria.
  • Assigning agreed roles and responsibilities.
  • Monitoring performance in meeting milestones.
  • Gathering evaluative evidence to inform further progress.
Effectively Resolving Conflict

The very best and most efficient workplaces are not the ones without conflicts but are those who handle it constructively.

While conflict is a normal part of any work setting, the challenge lies in how you choose to deal with it. The most common reason why conflict at work escalates is because nobody manages it! Conflict rarely resolves itself – in fact, it normally intensifies if not dealt with proactively and properly. Very often conflict can be avoided if steps are discussed early on to diffuse anger and facilitate communication.

This course will enable you as a middle or senior leader to recognise signs of conflict, understand the nature and sources of conflict and ways of preventing and pre-empting situations that cause it. It will explore many strategies and approaches to enable you to bring a prompt and appropriate resolution, securing the best outcome for everyone.

It will also examine common scenarios where conflict might arise and how to use a series of thoughtfully applied steps to constructively resolve it.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • The main sources of conflict.
  • How to apply a staged approach to constructively resolve conflicts.
  • The personal skills required to deal with and resolve conflict.
  • Practical scenarios of how to resolve conflict in different situations.