Leading Business &

Operations Teams

Excellence in Practice

Applications now open for 2021/22 cohort

Apply by Monday, 24th January 2022

New Leadership Development Experience for 2021-22


Schools, academies and MATs have a diverse workforce collectively contributing to ensure both organisational effectiveness and business function. Never more so has the role of the non-teacher leaders required investment in professional development beyond their specialism as key facilitators in the drive to raise outcomes for children and young people. ‘Leading Business & Operations Teams – Excellence in Practice’ is therefore aimed at non-teacher specialists in schools/MATs with responsibility for leading a team and/or influencing policy and practice across a school or number of schools. Although non-teaching functions vary, there are some consistent key leadership themes, skills and capabilities needed to deliver excellence in areas of expert responsibility. This innovative opportunity has been designed specifically to support colleagues develop their leadership competencies and capabilities within an educational context.

Who is this experience for?

Are you?
  • An associate professional with responsible for leading and managing other people and/or policy in school operations or business support
  • Keen to explore strategies to effectively lead others and communicate with impact to get the outcomes you want
  • Keen to access tried and tested techniques and strategies of leading others and systems which you can use in your role and team tomorrow?
  • Wanting to learn how to implement and evaluate an effective change management plan?
  • Wishing to engage in a network and gain exposure to expert facilitators and other non-teacher leaders and managers?

Duration & Delivery Method

2 terms delivered through a blend of synchronous learning including face to face sessions, live webinars, a school visit plus reflection and reading. Full attendance and engagement with all sessions throughout the experience including the school visit and participation in a VIVA assessment.

  • Webinar Induction

    Thursday 27th January 2022 (1.00 - 2.30pm)

  • Face to Face Days (Covid rules permitting)

    Wednesday 9th February 2022: 8.45am - 3.30pm
    Tuesday 22nd March 2022: 8.45am - 3.30pm
    Friday 20th May 2022: 8.45am - 3.30pm

  • Live Webinar sessions

    Monday 7th March 2022: 9.00 - 11.00am
    Monday 13th June 2022: 2.00 - 4.00pm

  • Learning Reflection Webinar

    Wednesday 27th April 2022: 2.30-3.30pm

Programme Cost

£425 per delegate. This is fully funded for participants from schools subscribing to Learners First in 2021/22.


Non-teacher leaders and managers who are responsible for leading other colleagues who carry out a support or business function in schools. The experience is suitable for managers/leaders of IT, premises, governance, finance, administration, data management, HR, marketing etc.

Applications now open.

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