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Aspiring to Leadership

Developing the next generation


Aspiring to leadership has been designed to support individuals in taking their first steps into educational leadership. Over the course of six modules, participants will gain an understanding of the processes and challenges faced within the role of leader and will explore the unique strengths that enable an individual to lead, negotiate, and influence improvement.

​This programme will support aspiring leaders to discover how to analyse and navigate cultural dimensions, and expand their leadership capabilities in order to influence others to pursue professional excellence. Based on an overarching programme framework of self-acceptance, self-management, and self-development, participants will gain the skills and confidence to broaden their impact and realise their potential as a leader.

Teacher and Pupil


Each virtual classroom/workshop has been designed around an inquiry-approach towards educational leadership , engaging participants in deep professional thinking and learning. A range of learning processes and protocols will be adopted, ensuring full engagement and an opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals at the same stage of their leadership journey.

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This programme has been designed around three key themes:

Stage One - Knowledge and understanding of self

Module 1 - Accepting yourself as a leader

Module 2 - Clarity precedes competence

Issues explored include:

  • Recognise self-acceptance as an essential part of leadership

  • Consider how leadership has been conceptualised and adapted over time

  • Determine how you can effectively rise to the challenges that you may face as leaders

  • Recognise the importance of paying attention to context as a leader

  • Being able to articulate the complexities of your role, as a leader

  • Diagnose possible future challenges and how you might address these, as a leader

Stage Two - Knowledge and understanding of the role

Module 3 - Influence as a leadership practice

Module 4 - Thinking about impact as a leader

Issues explored include:

  • Recognise influence as a key part of leadership practice

  • Review basic principles for effective influence

  • Explore strategies and processes that can help shape an effective future for those I lead

  • Identify different sources of authority and power used by leaders to influence others

  • Determine different strategies for influencing and when these strategies are most effective

  • Investigate how to conduct difficult conversations as part of a leadership practice

Stage 3 - Knowledge and understanding of the context

Module 5 - Developing as a leader

Module 6 - Imagining a future position

Issues explored include:

  • Determine how coaching and mentoring can be used as a process tool for leaders

  • Investigate how best to prepare for a new role

  • Evaluate what other processes, tools, resources, or networks could further the development of a new leader

  • Create an action plan for self-improvement, using an array of resources and approaches

  • Outline future trends and predictions for educational leadership

  • Articulate what the future of leadership means for you, as a leader

  • Reflect on key learnings and takeaways from this programme



Dates:  TBC
Timings : 1:30pm to 3:30pm
£260 P.P.  (+ vat)
- to include leadership e-workbook and resources

To provisionally reserve a place on this programme, please use the link below:

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