Aspiring Middle Leaders

This series of CPD opportunities are designed to meet the needs of colleagues who could potentially be considering the step into middle leadership. The content would also be applicable for recently appointed middle leaders as they aspire to take their career to the next level. Colleagues considering this pathway should be secure classroom practitioners and have experience of delivery across at least two key stages. Those choosing this programme would be expected to attend all sessions outlined below to complete the programme. 


Book the WHOLE AML PROGRAMME - All 7 sessions for £200 on Eventbrite  

 Eventbrite - AML-1617 - Secondary Aspiring Middle Leaders (AML) Programme - 2016/2017
Session Title Overview Date and Venue Eventbrite Booking

Developing an awareness of the role of Middle Leadership

Gain a fuller understanding of the expectations and requirements of teachers on MPS, moving from MPS to UPS, already at UPS and holding a TLR. A key focus of this session will be an analysis of key areas of expertise and knowledge that may need to be established to make the step to bridge the gap to middle leadership. You will reflect upon your personal strengths and areas for development and explore the opportunities available for career progression.

Tuesday 8th November

4.30pm - 6.00pm

Archbishop Holgate's School

 Eventbrite - AML-1-1617 Developing an awareness of the role of Middle Leadership

Key tasks for the Middle Leader

This session will focus on some of the key roles within middle leadership including; developing schemes of work, performance managing a team, chairing meetings which have an impact and observing lessons and giving feedback.

Thursday 24th November

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Millthorpe School

 Eventbrite - AML - 2 - 1617 Key tasks for the Middle Leader

Understanding Data

Understanding data is now a key element for all colleagues in education. The middle leader must be able to understand RAISE online, tracking, data for intervention and using data to strategically plan.

Monday 12th December

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Archbishop Holgate's School

 Eventbrite - AML - 3 - 1617 - Understanding Data

Leadership and Management skills

Explore the specific skills involved in each. Examine how to influence the practice of colleagues and how to lead
a team. Explore what makes an effective middle leader and the characteristics of a successful team. Gain a fuller understanding of the art of facilitation and the different leadership styles to manage staff performance.

Wednesday 25th January

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Millthorpe School

Eventbrite - AML - 4 - 1617 Leadership and Management skills

Strategic Planning and moving your team forward

Writing an effective departmental development plan that has impact and enables all to progress. Action planning and facilitating change. Understanding how to effectively and critically review and adapt.

Monday 6th March

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Millthorpe School

 Eventbrite - AML - 5 - 1617 - Strategic Planning and moving your team forward

Ask the experts

This session breaks in to two distinct phases; initially time will be devoted to considering the key roles and responsibilities of an effective middle leader. In the second half of the session, several experienced middle leaders from different fields of expertise hold small seminar sessions to share thoughts and experiences as well as answer questions.

Wednesday 5th April

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Archbishop Holgate's School

 Eventbrite - AML - 6 - 1617 - Ask the experts 

School Based Experience

Delegates will complete a morning or afternoon in an alternative school shadowing an experienced middle leader. This experience will include a learning walk with a shared lesson appraisal and a question and answer session with an outstanding middle leader.


Session will be confirmed once enrolled on the course


The whole programme costs £200 per delegate. Individual sessions can be purchased for £40, school experiences can be purchased  for £100. If you have more than three delegates from your school please contact Kate Sowter to discuss a preferential rate. Bookings can be made via the pathfinder website: If you have any queries please contact Chris Gladstone:

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