Senior Leaders


This programme has been designed for colleagues who are considering the move into senior leadership or who are recently appointed senior leaders looking to secure their knowledge and understanding of the key roles and responsibilities within senior leadership. As part of the course delegates will be required to undertake a whole school priority linked to school improvement, it is therefore imperative you have the support of your headteacher to sign up for this programme. In order to achieve the title qualification, delegates must attend all of the sessions below.

Book the WHOLE SL PROGRAMME - All 6 sessions for £350 on Eventbrite    Eventbrite - Senior Leaders Programme - 2017/2018


Session Title Overview Date and Venue Eventbrite Booking

Resonant Leadership

What is resonant leadership and how can it affect those who I lead? Dissonant leadership can become our default if we do not know who we are as leaders. This seminar looks at how the decisions we as leaders make can affect the morale and efficacy of our teams. It looks at:

  • The challenges of leadership
  • What is Dissonance?
  • Making Change

Tuesday 19th December 2017

9.00 - 12.30pm

Archbishop Holgate's School

Eventbrite - SL - 1 - 1718 - Resonant leadership

Building Capacity, Managing Colleagues and Dealing with Challenging Conversations

This module will consider what effective Performance Management looks like and will equip leaders with the skills to manage the performance of their team effectively. We will consider how we should observe lessons and what form feedback should take, we will also consider how we should manage challenging conversations with colleagues in a suitably collaborative and supportive manner. We will spend time considering examples and exploring methods of best practice, so that attendees know how to get the very best out of the individuals they lead.

Wednesday 10th January 2018

4.30 - 6.30pm

Archbishop Holgate's School

Eventbrite - SL - 2 - 1718 - Building capacity, managing colleagues and dealing with challenging conversations

Improving Standards of Teaching and Learning

This session will look at strategies and ideas for improving teaching and learning across the whole school. It will offer practical and inventive ways in which senior leaders can engage and motivate staff to improve their own classroom practice.

Monday 22nd January 2018

4.30 - 6.30pm

Archbishop Holgate's School

Eventbrite - SL - 3 - 1718 - Improving standards of teaching and learning

Ofsted - What does a visit mean to you?

A key feature of any visit or inspection is conversation with the school's senior leadership team. This session will cover the kind of evidence you may find useful to have available, and also the kind of questions you may be asked. The session draws upon Rob's experience of conducting these visits over numerous years as a senior HMI.

Monday 5th March 2018

4.30 - 6.30pm

Archbishop Holgate's School

Eventbrite - SL - 4 - OFSTED What does a visit mean to you?

Closing the Gap and Raising Attainment

This session looks at what the gaps are in pupil progress and attainment and why they occur. The session also looks at case studies around key gap areas, how as a leader you can identify these gaps and strategies to close them. We will look to address the following key points:

  • Identify areas for improvement
  • Analyse and understand the issues
  • Decide on a course of action
  • Implement changes if required

Tuesday 24th April 2018

9.30 - 12.30pm

Archbishop Holgate's School

Eventbrite - SL - 5 - 1718 - Closing the gap and raising attainment

School Based Experience

Delegates will complete a morning or afternoon in an alternative school shadowing an experienced senior leader and attending a full SLT meeting. This experience will include an opportunity to talk through the role of a senior leader, carry out a learning walk and be part of an SLT meeting.


Session will be confirmed once enrolled on the course


The cost of the programme is £350 per delegate. Individual sessions can be purchased for £50 for twilight sessions and £75 for half day sessions. School based experiences can be purchased for £150. Bookings can be made directly via the Pathfinder Teaching School website: .If you have any queries please contact Chris


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