In this course, Matt Bromley talks about finding the right role for you and about how to articulate your suitability for that role. He also explores four qualities of effective school leaders and explains how you can set out your leadership vision. Matt also talks about the recruitment process.

He offers advice on writing the covering letter and application, and on preparing for and performing well in panel interviews and during the presentation. And he proffers advice on being a successful senior leader, including by managing the improvement process, managing change and dealing with conflict.

This course can also be brought into your school, and tailored accordingly, if required.


  • Delegates will explore the recruitment process so that they are better prepared for interview
  • Delegates will consider the qualities of effective senior leaders
  • Delegates will gain an insight into the role of a senior leader
  • Delegates will discuss good practice for managing change, dealing with conflict and leading on the improvement process
COURSE DATES London | Tuesday 22 February 2022
London | Tuesday 28 June 2022
  • Middle leaders poised to take the next step into SLT
  • Senior leaders new to post
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


10.00 – 11.30am
Preparing for your first SLT role

  • Why do you want to be a senior school leader?
  • Finding the right senior leadership role
  • Articulating your strengths and weaknesses
  • Setting out your leadership vision

11.30 – 11.45pm

Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 1.00pm
Becoming a member of SLT

  • The covering letter and application
  • Panel interviews
  • The presentation
  • Simulations and written tasks
  • The final interview
  • Your first steps in the role

1.00 – 2.15pm

Lunch and informal discussion

2.15 – 3.30pm
Being a member of SLT

  • The 6 realms of senior school leadership
  • 4 leadership qualities
  • Ethical leadership principles and behaviours
  • Leading on teacher workload and wellbeing
  • Managing change
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Improvement planning

3.30 – 4.00pm

Plenary, next steps, Q&A, finish

Matt Bromley

is an education writer and advisor with over twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as a secondary school Headteacher and principal, FE College vice principal, and MAT director. He is a public speaker, trainer, and school improvement lead, and a primary school governor. He remains a practising teacher, currently working in secondary, FE and HE settings. Matt writes for various newspapers and magazines, is the author of numerous best-selling books on education, and regularly speaks at national and international conferences and events