As leaders progress to whole school or trust wide roles, the complexity of what success looks like increases. The role of senior leadership is varied. Senior leaders are expected to strategically lead school function, no longer just leading single teams or individuals. They are expected to act as forward-looking visionaries, driving action through others. The new ‘Senior Leadership – Excellence in Practice’ experience will help you navigate the role through a network of support, the latest established research and development, access to the best practice and an opportunity to experience other school contexts. The experience serves to help participants shape a clear vision for their role and getting others on board (influencing upwardly, outwardly and downwardly), being clear about what constitutes good practice and using it. It will also support participants to be effective leaders and managers of people, explore policy and resources as well as offering practical strategies to help plan, motivate, monitor, encourage, challenge through courageous conversations and solve problems. Above all, the programme will give senior leaders the head space to reflect, challenge their thinking and that of others and to engage in a professional network beyond their school and trust.
The ‘Senior Leadership – Excellence in Practice’ is therefore a practical, unique opportunity to learn and reflect alongside peers from within and beyond your Trust/school, hear from expert leaders who have delivered excellence in the broad areas of senior, school and Trust leadership, have the opportunity to visit and learn from other settings and gain the support and guidance from skilled facilitators who are experienced school and MAT leaders. Ultimately, through active engagement with this opportunity, participants will be supported and professionally challenged to become more evidence informed, confident, resilient leaders. The approach will encourage them to develop as self-directed learners who are better able to align the vision of their team with their organisation to contribute to accelerated improvement for children and young people.