Developing Skills for Middle Leadership

The programme for 2017-18 is underway.


The Developing Skills for Middle Leadership programme offers the opportunity for middle leaders to develop their leadership skills in a way that best meets their needs. The programme is suitable for both existing middle leaders and those new to a middle leadership post, as well as for aspirant middle leaders.  

Over the course of the programme, you will work in mixed cross-phase groups over a 10-month period, in face-to-face sessions and through individual learning in your school. You will also have access to a learning coach who will support your learning throughout the programme.

You will develop the skills and understanding to:

  • Lead changes and improve the quality of teaching and learning
  • Reduce variability and close the gap in achievement
  • Learn with and from others
  • Identify your own personal effectiveness and how it can continue to be developed beyond the programme

During the programme you will learn about:

  • Leadership, management and personal effectiveness
  • Leadership to improve teaching and learning in order to ensure achievement for all
  • Leadership for change and sustainable improvement
  • Distributed leadership
  • Leading effective teams, addressing under-performance, getting the best out of colleagues, spotting and developing future leaders
  • Working with others within and beyond your school

You will do this through engaging in a range of activities and leadership opportunities, including:

  • Reading and reflecting on key think pieces
  • Discussion and activities in your face-to-face sessions with your facilitators and other middle leaders
  • Trying out new methods of leadership in your school
  • Learning from colleagues, discussing what you have learnt with your learning coach and feeding that into discussions in your face-to-face sessions

You will have to commit to the following:

  • Attending a two-day residential at the National College for Teaching and Learning in Nottingham (compulsory)
  • Three twilight sessions, held at Minster School, Southwell (attendance required at two or more)
  • A final session and celebration day at the National College for Teaching and Learning (compulsory)
  • Meeting regularly with your learning coach
  • Spending time on personal learning and reflection


Dates for 2018-19 will be published shortly.


£550 per person (10% reduction for members of the Minster Teaching School Alliance)


Trish O’Malley
Teaching School Administrator
[email protected]
01636 817 318


Some feedback from participants about what went well:

“Range of activities used, quality of teaching/resources and informal atmosphere. This has been the most worthwhile and effective CPD I have undertaken.”

“Having time to reflect, discuss ideas/worries with other people in similar positions. The two day event was useful. Both speakers were very motivational. Thank you - I have really enjoyed the course.”

“Learning and understanding what the role of a leader is. Also, fantastic opportunity to learn from others on the programme.”

"Very useful and effective as have increased my self-confidence massively."

"Time for professional dialogue."

"Great residential! Really bonded with the group and set off my thinking."

"Enjoyed activities used to deepen our thinking and understanding of theory on leadership."