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 6 sessions for £250 on Eventbrite    Eventbrite - Secondary Aspiring Middle Leaders (AML) Programme - 2017/2018


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 14th November 2017

4.30pm - 6.00pm

Archbishop Holgate's School


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 5th December 2017

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Millthorpe School


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 17th January 2018

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Millthorpe School


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.

Wednesday 21st February 2018

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Millthorpe School


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.

Tuesday 13th March 2018

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Archbishop Holgate's School


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 £250 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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