School Leadership Courses and Training

Are you a primary school leader seeking to improve your leadership skills? Whether you're a newly appointed Deputy Headteacher embarking on this role or a seasoned one looking for courses to invigorate your perspective, I offer courses tailored to your needs. Are you keen to provide phase leader training that truly makes a difference, or seeking to support subject leaders to deliver an outstanding curriculum? Over many years I have supported primary school leaders, helping colleagues to maximise their talents, thrive in their roles, achieve impact for their schools, and progress in their careers through CPD. Feedback consistently highlights my leadership courses as both inspiring and pragmatic. Participants frequently praise the quality of input and activities, the safe environment in which to discuss challenging issues, the generation of ideas, and the resources provided, all of which contribute to the distinctiveness of my programs. I value the time that leaders invest in their professional development and to ensure my training delivers on the promises, I limit the number of places available so that each course has a more intimate, tutorial style approach.

Should you not find a suitable option within the brochure, please don't hesitate to contact me for customised training tailored to your school's needs.

Training brochure 2023-24

CPD for primary leaders - highlights for 2023

All the leadership courses are small cohort and delivered remotely via zoom. The small group size ensures relationships can be formed, support is more personal and participation is easy to achieve. A mix of activities, both on-screen and off-screen, ensure days are structured to have impact and keep everyone interested and focused. Many courses have 1:1 sessions built into the programme, and additional sessions can be added to customise support.


Leadership training courses for your school

As well as open courses, you can have training courses delivered for just colleagues in your school or across a MAT. Bespoke programmes can be designed to meet the needs of leaders in your school.

A training day delivered via zoom is typically £675-£750+VAT. Twilight sessions are typically £400+VAT. Half day sessions are typically £550 to £575+VAT. 90 minute to 2-hour suppport sessions, e.g. 1:1 are usually £175 + VAT. The cost depends on what the content and structure of the training is and how many participants will be attending. Get in touch for a quote.

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Training events can be designed for:

Senior leadership teams, assistant headteachers, middle leaders, teachers, teaching assistants and governors

The course descriptions below give you an idea of the programme that can be delivered in your school. All courses can be customised.

Senior Leadership Teams : Strengthening and maximising impact

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This is an ideal opportunity for senior leadership teams to train together and consider what it means to operate effectively as a school team. Activities are designed to stimulate discussion and reflection, particularly around emotional intelligence and leadership skills, helping to fortify relationships and intensify the leadership dimension.

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Strategic Mindset :
for senior leadership teams

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This course introduces a range of strategic thinking tools and supports leaders in using 'system 2' thinking to create a strategic approach to school improvement.

Training can be for the whole senior leadership team in school or designed for groups of senior leaders across a range of schools.

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Assistant Headteachers: Maximising Impact - new or experienced

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Schools need highly effective Assistant Headteachers. Creating outstanding distributed leadership is not easy, so why not consider outsourcing aspects of professional development to ensure AHTs are well equipped to respond to the challenges of being part of the senior leadership team.

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Pupil premium : Raising attainment of disadvantaged pupils

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In school delivery of this course can be for senior leadership teams or whole school training. It explores an extensive range of research and seeks to give a wealth of practical ideas of how this can be utilised to maximise the progress of disadvantaged pupils. This course looks in-depth at barriers to learning and how to support pupils.

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Reading comprehension & whole school reading

School leaders can select from a range of training options so that development is bespoke to the needs of the school. Training might be for leaders who wish to focus on 'reading throughout the school'. Popular options are also 'maximising the impact of whole class reading' and 'explicit teaching of reading comprehension skills' for class teachers and TAs. Phase training can also be delivered to consider how different strategies for developing reading combine together to make a comprehensive pupil experience.

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Developing metacognition

This training introduces colleagues to the theory of metacognition and develops an understanding of how it can be harnessed in the classroom. We all want to create highly successful learners. When we analyse why some pupils are more successful than others we can clearly see that metacognition plays a vital part in the learning process.

Extensive electronic resources aid schools in implementing ideas and embedding metacognition into the fabric of the school.

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Developing Handwriting

The training starts with supporting the leader to create a strategic plan to ensure handwriting does not limit any pupil.

The school gains access to a fully resourced set of handwirting lessons. Teachers can move through the materials at a pace that is right for their class. The online materials can also be used for intervention groups, and there is even an option to provide target Year 5 and 6 pupils with home access.

"Our handwriting is amazing now we should  have done this years ago." Headteacher. 

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Curriculum Development

There are different levels that curriculum development training and support can be provided:

At leadership level - facilitated training sessions that are designed to support leaders in setting out the intent, shaping the whole school approach to curriculum, monitoring and ensuring the curriculum has impact.
Subject leader level - considering how to improve the quality of the curriculum for a specific subject.
Phase level - considering the curriculum as a whole and the impact it has on pupils at each stage of their school life.

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Middle leadership mix and match modules

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Do your middle leaders see themselves as leaders? Are they equipped to evaluate their subject and action plan effectively? Do they make the most of the resources available? Do they work well with others to ensure their plans come to fruition? Are they confident in using data? Do they see the value of leadership as well as management? Mix and match modules to suit your staff.

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Effective marking and feedback

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Effective marking and feedback is proven to have impact on pupil progress and attainment. The stubborn question remains about the best way to achieve the benefits without taking up too much time! What does the research tell us?

The course looks at 'feedback' through a wide-angle lens.

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Developing oracy and questioning

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Oracy is vital for academic and life-long success. Training days and twilights can focus on how teachers can build and utilise oracy in the classroom. Training on questioning can also be delivered for teachers and/or TAs. What are your favourite questions? What techniques do you use to elicit pupil learning? How do you use the power of questions to probe understanding, unpick misconceptions, and move learning forward?

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Growth Mindsets

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We need learners to be independent, love challenge, respond to feedback, be resilient and take ownership of their learning. We want them to understand how effort is linked to improvement. This is a practical approach to harnessing the power of growth mindset research. Unlock pupil potential and dramatically raise rates of progress across all year groups.

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Training feedback

“Informative, useful, insightful and clear.”

“Delivered superbly, good content, exactly what we needed, clear instructions.”

“Absolutely fascinating and very, very informative day. Well presented, great pace with blasts of information and solid opportunities to discuss.”

“Fantastic - thanks Vicky - loved it! Best course I have done for years!”

“Time to think, investigate, talk and challenge ourselves.”

“Vicky created a safe environment to discuss some challenging issues openly and in a reflective manner.  The content flowed and was supportive of the role/issues that come at this level of management.”

“A well thought out set of concepts to get us thinking.  A great opportunity to spend some time reflecting on our practice. I’ve learnt a lot today! I feel empowered and motivated to do more, more effectively and armed with ‘tools’ to make me a better teacher.”

“Excellent.  Thank you for this valuable training.”

“Data workshop was very useful. I actually feel like I understand data and am looking forward to using it to help me plan for the future.”

“Interesting to look at how trends can be followed and ways to use data to make decisions and influence what goes on for individual sets of pupils.”

“Got me really thinking about extending my questioning technique, a great mix of participation and ideas.”

“It was enjoyable and fun but thought provoking.  I will try out these strategies” 

“Challenged me to think at a higher level.”

“Very interesting / practical and WILL make a difference!”

“A wealth of ideas and starting points presented and debated. Thank you.”