Middle Leadership: the art of success

Middle Leaders are the engine of a successful school, directly impacting on the quality of learning in the classroom. New initiatives have added to the job, with data analysis, target setting and performance management all requiring new skills. How should a leader be both challenging and supportive?

This intense interactive course will develop the skills and confidence of your middle leaders, with practical techniques and strategies for the more challenging aspects of the job, such as addressing underperformance, managing challenging colleagues, coaching, motivation and giving critical feedback.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is aimed at those who aspire to a leadership and management role, whether of teaching or support staff; those who have been recently appointed and experienced heads of department/subject leaders in both primary and secondary sectors who would like to be updated on the recent initiatives and refresh their skills. 

What will you learn?

Skills and confidence in key aspects of leadership, from team building and delegation to addressing challenging issues of underperformance and resistance to change. How the style of leadership you adopt needs to vary according to individual circumstances and the professional maturity of your team members. 

Delegates will:

  • practice techniques for ‘courageous conversations’
  • explore effective uses of data
  • learn how to to give clear feedback and negotiate meaningful targets
  • develop both coaching and conflict management skills
  • consider how to establish a positive culture back in their department 


  • Theories of leadership and their applications
  • Adopting appropriate management styles
  • Building and managing a team
  • Delegation and Motivation
  • Effective use of data in target setting, monitoring and feedback
  • Addressing underperformance
  • Conflict management
  • Establishing a positive, learning centred culture 

Cost: £750 per day plus expenses.

“It was excellent!  Role play was particularly helpful as it highlighted my weaknesses! I now have a much better understanding of leadership skills.”

“I feel more able to hold difficult conversations to improve pupil learning.”

“Well structured - explanation of theory split up with practical activities. Very well taught. Edward was enthusiastic and engaging with an excellent manner.”

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