- Experienced heads and leaders in other educational contexts
- Executive leaders: those with the responsibility for the leadership of more than one school
- System Leaders involved in the development of policy and strategy in Children’s Services/LA or within the community at local, regional or national level
- National and Local Leaders in Education
- Leaders of community initiatives/locality mangers
What is it about?
This programme is designed to meet a number of the needs of this group and to develop a cadre of highly effective and experienced leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to contribute to the school improvement and transformation agenda. The programme is designed to affirm and challenge, support, refresh and develop by sharing and building on strengths and successful experience.
It is expected that the group will be in a position to make a significant contribution to building capacity in schools and supporting improvement and transformational strategies. The culture of the programme will be collegial with an emphasis on the development of shared problem solving approaches and an understanding of the processes involved in leading successful innovation and change. The programme will focus on innovation and alternative approaches to teaching and learning and will be cheerfully heretical in its approach. There will be an explicit emphasis on communication skills specifically: influencing strategies, modelling, negotiation, brokering and networking. It is underpinned by rich and sustained dialogue.
What will I get out of it?
A clear focus, knowledge and understanding of leadership in the context of rapid development at system and institutional level, with a particular emphasis on the leadership of change, innovation and creativity. Sessions will balance the practical issues of educational leadership with broader moral and social ones. Key topics will be covered and these will include:
- Developing the capacity to contribute to policy and system development
- Sustaining school improvement and raising standards
- Developing perspectives on national and international issues
- Updating and renewing their professional knowledge and understanding
- Reviewing and reflecting on their leadership
- Developing new networks and creating a community of practice
"This sort of training gives you no tasks but more capacity to work smarter – wonderful" - Windsor Group, March 2010
"More of the same please. I shall greatly miss the opportunity this allows me to grow and learn." - Windsor Group, March 2010
"I have really enjoyed this – well organised but good degree of accepting ideas, input, from participants." - Stratford Group, Jan 2010
"Fantastic opportunity once again to deliver into everyone’s experience, expertise … enjoyed the rigorous, challenging and thought provoking style." - Windsor Group, October 2009
"An excellent, expert and knowledgeable leader.. John’s approach and depth of knowledge, learning from others and understanding how schools are embracing change and building capacity" - Stratford, January 2010