This practical course is designed for those with experience of managing teams, who are looking to excel in senior leadership positions within a school. Using scenarios, mapped against academic theories and models, we’ll explore a number of different themes and discuss new ways to ensure we inspire those we lead.

The course will focus on the following key areas for senior leaders:

  • Exploring the behaviours of an outstanding and inspirational senior leader
  • Stepping up – knowing when to lead people and when to manage them
  • Learning to flex your leadership style to get the best out of your team across a wide variety of situations
  • Balancing your responsibilities and your time to support your team, the individuals in it and ensuring you get the job done
  • Exploring how to manage both the immediate future, and have a strategy to grow moving forward
  • Change management – understanding the emotions of change and effectively leading people to work with you around change
  • Setting, Selling and Reinforcing exciting visions
  • Managing challenging conversations both in times of change or as part of your review
  • Using feedback effectively


  • Hone skills in management and leadership and refine an approach that is authentic to you
  • Take away ideas to support you making changes that are backed by your team
  • Develop skills in managing difficult conversations
  • Take the time to think about inspiring visions to drive your team forward, and the plan involved
  • Find out ways to pre-empt difficult conversations and turn them into positive, opportunities to learn
  • Share and learn from others in a similar position to you
COURSE DATES  London | Monday 29 June 2020
  • Heads of department who aspire to a leadership role
  • People new into Senior manager roles
  • Senior managers who are looking for new ideas to improve the effectiveness of their leadership
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 11:30am: Exploring the Behaviours of outstanding and inspirational senior leaders

  • Stepping up; knowing when to lead people and when to manage
  • The behaviours of leaders across different sectors that make them successful- mapping them into a school context
  • Creating a definition of leadership that is authentic to you
  • Situational Leadership – adapting your style
  • When and where is each style truly effective, and when do they work less well.
  • Creating a tool kit of styles to ensure the best outcomes

11:30 – 11.45 | Break

11:45 – 12:45  | Balancing a Leader’s Responsibilities – Current vs Future and Internal vs External

  • Balancing the task, your team and the individuals who make it up and the effect of leaving one of these areas impoverished.
  • Delegating tasks to give you time to ‘step up’.
  • Understanding and finding time to dedicate to the longer term future, and outside your immediate vision
  • Stepping up to the responsibilities of a leader and ensuring you balance your time to effectively tackle today’s task and your future strategy

 12.45 – 13.45pm: Lunch  

13:45 – 14:30 | The Emotions of Change and Leading through Change

  • Understanding the emotions people go through around change
  • Recognising the feelings that sit behind the ‘visible behaviours’
  • Flexing your leadership style to best support people in times of change

14:30 – 15:00 | Making Goals Truly Powerful and Engaging

  • Moving from targets to goals – some fundamentals about goal setting
  • Layering your goals to inspire your team and allowing you to celebrate success
  • Setting inspirational visions as a team – how to have creative, innovative conversations.
  • Finding innovative ways to communicate your inspirational visions

15:00 – 15:15 | Afternoon break

15:30 – 16:30:  | Advanced Communication Skills

  • The importance of understanding perspective and perception when having challenging conversations
  • Delivering challenging feedback in a constructive way
  • Using coaching skills to help people grow
  • Honing your listening skills – recognising blocks to creating rapport

16:30 | Depart

Tim Hudson

Tim Hudson is a Leadership & Development expert with particular interest in the education sector.  Backed by a degree in Management, he works 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.  Tim has also worked with talented sports people and is currently supporting a project with a leading charity to promote and reward school pupil’s engagement in the local community.  He is passionate about helping people to thrive when stepping up to leadership positions.