This course is designed to support people looking to step up into senior leadership positions. The course will be made up from practical discussions, theories and techniques to help you start to think more widely. We’ll look at how you can set cultures across the school and your role in supporting them. This will range from creating feedback cultures to those that celebrate success. We’ll also take some time to discuss how you can use departmental visions to both engage the departments around you, but align their purpose towards a whole school vision.  Recognising the stress that comes with a senior leadership position, we’ll take a bit of time to look at what actually causes us to feel stressed and how some quick techniques can help you stay calm when making the complicated decisions that are a part of senior leadership. You’ll leave with a range of models and techniques to support you stepping up to being an inspirational leader, but also having had plenty of time to discuss best practice and glean ideas from those around you.



  • Take time to explore the skills you need as senior leaders
  • Explore your role in creating culture in schools
  • Understand how you can capture imagination with departmental visions and use them to align people to a whole school vision
  • Reflect on how a senior leaders time is pulled in different directions and have the tools to ensure you are both reactive and proactive
  • Take away some easy-to-use tools to help manage the stress of senior leadership positions
COURSE DATES London | Tuesday 14 June 2022

London | Tuesday 18 October 2022

  • Teachers and middle leaders aspiring to be senior leaders
  • Current senior leaders looking to expand their teams
  • Those in management positions looking for new ideas to improve their management and leadership
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an in-school course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


PROGRAMME 10.00 – 3.45pm


Session 1: Inspiring others to perform – behaviours of an outstanding leader

When you step into Senior management, your role becomes not only role modelling outstanding leadership, but inspiring those around you to model it too. It becomes easy to start to morph the style of leadership you have honed into one that you think is fitting for a job, but in doing so, present a picture that is not authentic. Here we’ll explore your natural style, some additional styles you can bring in to create impact and how you can support those around you to step up too


Session 2: The role of coaching for senior leaders

Here we’ll explore coaching in the context of senior leadership. We’ll look at how you can use it formally and informally to support those around you, but also how you can support yourself with it too. As you step up, you will find yourself making more complex decisions and coaching is a well known effective strategy to support this. Used well, it can create clarity and energy, but used badly and it becomes a slightly ‘forced’ experience that is a drain on time. We’ll look at coaching more widely to explore how it might fit into a role like this.


Session 3: Creating a school wide culture of continual feedback

We all know that feedback is a key part of developing people, but it is easy to box it into formal moments (appraisals). Here we’ll look at feedback to look at ways to move away from the not-very-effective ‘sandwich’ style to something more impactful. We’ll then also explore how cultures of continual feedback can be created to ensure your teams remain motivated and challenged.


Session 4: Using departmental visions to align HOD / HoY’s towards the whole school vision

Having a vision to drive you is an essential part of motivating people. Traditionally, we think of creating visions as a whole school exercise only. Here we’ll look at how you might be able to create and then align departmental visions towards your whole school vision to ensure each area of the school is supporting the wider vision in an engaged and innovative way.




Session 4: Becoming Strategic in your time management – balancing Senior Leadership Tensions

As you move up a school, you become not only responsible for delivering high quality today, but also planning for the future. Creating time to do this future planning is notoriously difficult, as there is often an immediate challenge infront of you. We’ll explore a technique to map out your time and reflect on its balance. We can then explore how we can map out other members of your team’s time and alter their balance to ensure you have the capacity to manage today and also plan for tomorrow.


Session 5: Managing your stress levels when in Senior management

Being in senior management is a wonderful opportunity, but does come with an element of stress. You will likely find yourself dealing with stressful situations, with wide-reaching implications, but at the same time need to present a picture of calm to allow people to ask advice and give you the scope to make good decisions time and time again. Here we’ll look at some of the science behind managing stress, leaving you with a few very simple techniques to help you in the busiest of moments.


Session 6: Supporting a culture that celebrates success

Successful heads of departments celebrate the success of their teams. As you step into Senior management positions, you have different opportunities and resources to both help others celebrate success, but also to celebrate it on a school wide basis. We’ll take some time to explore and share ideas and best practises to ensure you can support a culture of celebration and success





Tim Hudson

Tim Hudson is a leadership and development expert with particular interest in the education sector. Backed by a degree in management, he has worked with a wide variety of people, from aspiring student leaders to senior managers. In the past two years he has run in-house programmes developing leadership in teachers and pupils in HMC schools, including a pioneering year-long leadership course accredited by the ILM. He now balances his speaking role with working in a school, where he works in pastoral care and supports the strategic planning side of the co-curricular function.