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An introduction to middle leadership

QTL Middle Leadership Programme

This new one-year QTL programme is designed to build the skills, confidence and capacity of your middle leaders so they can: • positively impact on teaching and learning • lead an important area of school improvement successfully and sustainably.

Duration

1 year course

Venue

Teaching Schools across Hampshire - Ringwood School, Harrison Primary School, Fareham and The Arnewood School

Cost

£400

Applications

To register an interest for the next intake please contact QTL@winchester.ac.uk

This new one-year QTL programme is designed to build the skills, confidence and capacity of your middle leaders so they can:

  • positively impact on teaching and learning
  • lead an important area of school improvement successfully and sustainably.

The programme enables middle leaders to use up to date theory and research to inform and implement their school improvement project in the context of their own setting.

The programme has been developed by QTL  which has a successful track record in delivering NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH programmes.  While it is not a nationally recognised accredited qualification, it draws on core content of the NPQML. With less face-to-face time than NPQML overall costs to a school are reduced, thus offering a cost effective alternative to develop the capacity of middle leaders.

Objectives of the Programme

Participants will:

  • develop a clear understanding of the difference between leadership and management and how to balance the two to maximize their personal impact
  • explore common gaps in the achievement of pupils and explore strategies to close them, including within school variation
  • ask colleagues to complete a 360 review on their leadership competencies at the start and end of the programme to provide a personalised development plan for their leadership and management skills
  • be able to clearly articulate what high quality teaching and learning looks like and have a wide range of strategies to positively influence the classroom practice of colleagues in their team
  • Understand how to lead successful change through clarity of vision, effective strategy and understanding the social and emotional elements of change to build commitment and maximize the chances of successful impact.
  • Explore models of team development and how to develop an effective high performing team by creating high levels of trust and being able to hold others to account.
  • Understand the importance of sustaining self in order to be an effective leader who maintains vitality and drive to secure the best possible outcomes for the children in their school.

 

This new one-year QTL programme is designed to build the skills, confidence and capacity of your middle leaders so they can:

  • positively impact on teaching and learning
  • lead an important area of school improvement successfully and sustainably.

The programme enables middle leaders to use up to date theory and research to inform and implement their school improvement project in the context of their own setting.

The programme has been developed by QTL (Quality Through Leadership – a DfE licensee of Leadership programmes) which has a successful track record in delivering NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH programmes.  While it is not a nationally recognised accredited qualification, it draws on core content of the NPQML. With less face-to-face time than NPQML overall costs to a school are reduced, thus offering a cost effective alternative to develop the capacity of middle leaders.

Objectives of the Programme

Participants will:

  • develop a clear understanding of the difference between leadership and management and how to balance the two to maximize their personal impact
  • explore common gaps in the achievement of pupils and explore strategies to close them, including within school variation
  • ask colleagues to complete a 360 review on their leadership competencies at the start and end of the programme to provide a personalised development plan for their leadership and management skills
  • be able to clearly articulate what high quality teaching and learning looks like and have a wide range of strategies to positively influence the classroom practice of colleagues in their team
  • Understand how to lead successful change through clarity of vision, effective strategy and understanding the social and emotional elements of change to build commitment and maximize the chances of successful impact.
  • Explore models of team development and how to develop an effective high performing team by creating high levels of trust and being able to hold others to account.
  • Understand the importance of sustaining self in order to be an effective leader who maintains vitality and drive to secure the best possible outcomes for the children in their school.

Programme Structure

The programme begins in the early autumn term with an introductory twilight to outline the structure of the course and the role of participant, their line manager/headteacher and coach. There will be optional additional training for in-school coaches which runs alongside this programme. Following this, the participant attends one full day and three half-days engaging with programme content to support their leadership development and their school- based improvement project.  These take place throughout the autumn and spring terms. The final afternoon in the summer term completes the course considering sustaining self before   presentations in participant trios to their line managers/headteachers. These focus on the impact of their projects on teaching and learning and on their own leadership development.

Programme Overview

Session Content
Induction Twilight
4:00-5:30
Participants and their line manager and coach
Programme introduction and structure·
360 leadership competency diagnostic·
Closing The Gap: School Improvement Project·
Role of the Coach/Headteacher or Line Manager·
Masters-level option·
Understanding the Leadership Competencies
Session 1-Full Day
9:00-4:00
Participants only
Leading and Managing School Improvement·
Defining leadership and management and exploring the behaviours and actions of leaders·
Exploring the gaps, including within-school variation and key strategies for closing these gaps·
Using data to establish a baseline for individual projects and measuring impact·
Choosing a suitable project·
Analysing and Interpreting the 360 diagnostic: shaping a personal leadership development plan
Session 2 -1/2 day
1:00-5:00
Participants only
Leading Teaching and Learning·
What makes teaching and learning high quality?·
The importance of vision and values in leadership·
What does  research tell us about what really makes a difference?·
Modelling, monitoring and dialogue: influencing high quality practice.
Session 3- 1/2 day
1:00-5:00
Participants only
Leading and Sustaining Successful Change·
Models of change·
Barriers and levers to successful change·
Dealing with resistance and holding others to account
Session4 – 1/2 day
1:00-5:00
Participants only
Leading An Effective Team·
Leading through trust·
Leading effective meetings·
Growing individual and team capacity·
Stages of team development·
Developing rapport with different members of the team: knowing self·
Preparing for project presentations: 360 revisited
Session 5- 1/2 day Presentation and Celebration Event
1:00-4:30
Participants and their line manager
Project presentations:
evaluating impact on teaching and learning and participants’ leadership·
Next steps as a leader·
Sustaining self and others: the importance of well-being and balance in effective leadership