Leadership Programmes

12. Women into Leadership Programme

This programme enables women who are aspiring to a
leadership role or early in their experience of leadership to
develop a range of skills to lead with confidence.
• Coaching
• Bespoke support with the application and interview
process, including a mock interview and feedback
• The opportunity to develop a range of leadership skills
• Presentation skills
Delivered across 4 Saturday sessions, including a Friday-
Saturday residential for session 3, this programme will
help you develop the confidence and skills to secure a
leadership position. The programme is for anyone who
wants to progress to a leadership position

13. The National Award for Middle Leaders

HCTSA is a NAML licence holder and will deliver up to 5
SSAT accredited modules from the list below. The NAML
is cohesive and inspiring training for Middle Leaders to
fully equip them in their roles and responsibilities as the
main driver of school improvement. The 8 twilight session
programme explores:
  • • Vision and values
  • • Developing your leadership approach
  • • Building a high performing team
  • • Leading your team day-to-day
  • • What makes the most effective teaching learning?
  • Using data for impact
  • Fostering Positive Behaviour for Learning

14. Aspiring Pastoral Middle Leadership Programme

For colleagues new or aspiring to a Middle Leadership
role in student support, for example Heads or Assistant
Heads of Year or House, who wish to develop their
understanding of effective pastoral leadership. The
programme focuses on: How to ensure student progress
and well-being.
This includes:
• Leadership of a Year team
• Use of data and multi-agency work
The programme comprises of 6 one and a half-hour
twilight sessions.

15. First Steps to Curriculum Middle Leadership Programme

For colleagues who have aspirations of curriculum Middle
Leadership and would like to develop their understanding
of the underlying principals of leadership as well as the
expectations and challenges of leadership within a school
The programme consists of: 6 one and a half-hour twilight
sessions and allows participants to explore current
education leadership theory reflecting their own practice.

16. Ready for Curriculum Middle Leadership Programme

For colleagues who are new to or ready to take on a
curriculum Middle Leadership role. The programme provides
opportunities for participants to engage in dialogue with
colleagues, facilitated by experienced senior leaders.
Key areas of middle leadership will be addressed such as:
• Curriculum planning
• Difficult conversations
• Leading and managing change and improvement
• Challenging and supporting staff
• Managing a departmental budget
• There is also a focus on preparing participants for the
recruitment and interview process
The programme consists of 6 twilight sessions throughout the year

17. Extend and Enhance your Leadership and Management Programme

This programme is for existing HoFs, HoDs or other
middle leaders who wish to further develop their middle
leadership qualities and skills. The course consists of 6
twilight sessions. It explores:
• Effective influencing
• Leading Change and how to overcome barriers
• How to have a difficult conversation
• Data
• Three Assistant Heads speak of their leadership styles
and experiences

18. Aspiring Senior Leadership Programme

For Middle Leaders who are one year to 18 months away
from senior leadership. Eight one and a half hour twilight
sessions plus a Friday evening to Saturday afternoon
Residential. The programme covers a variety of topics
as well as the recruitment process to Senior Leadership.
Areas covered are:
• Leadership and Management
• Inclusion
• Ofsted
• Finding it, applying for it, getting a senior leadership role
• Data and curriculum
• Appraisal and Accountability
• Residential focused on recruitment process for senior
leader role.

19. New to Senior Leadership Programme

For colleagues new to Senior Leadership.
There are eights one and a half hour after twilight sessions plus a Friday
evening to Saturday afternoon Residential.
The programme includes:
• Being a new senior leader
• Managing stress
• Curriculum
• Leadership and leadership styles
• Finance and Funding
• HR
• Ofsted
• Senior Leadership one year on
• Regular reading and discussion
• Residential focused on self as senior leader.

20. Aspiring to Deputy Headship Programme

For Assistant Headteachers who have the potential for, and
aspire to, Deputy Headship in the near future. Eight one
and a half hour twilight sessions plus a Friday evening to
Saturday afternoon Residential. Key components are:
• Differences between DHT & AHT
• Leadership
• HR
• Governance
• Finance and Funding
• Regular reading and discussion
• Residential focussed on DHT recruitment process

21. Aspiring to Headship Programme

For colleagues who have the potential for, and aspire to
Headship whether or not they have NPQH. Eight one and
a half hour twilight sessions. The programme includes:
• 1:1 Partnerships with Headteachers
• HR
• Different types of school
• First 100 Days of Headship
• Finance & Funding
• How does a Headteacher bring staff together around a
• How Headteachers drive their schools forwards & take
into account staff wellbeing at the same time
• Current educational Landscape plus regular reading

22. Mindfulness

Aimed at staff across all sectors, this 8 session twilight
programme is always very popular. Mindfulness is about
directing our attention to focus on our experience in the
present moment. It trains us to respond in a more skillful
and more focused way to whatever is happening right now:
good or bad. It enables more effective learning, clearer
thinking and better performance. This programme is designed
specifically for Educators. The programme explores:
Waking up to Autopilot. Participants are encouraged to
notice how much of their lives are spent in autopilot and
not really noticing.
Bringing Curiosity to our Experience. Learning again how
to be curious and look at things with beginners’ eyes.
Mindfulness in Daily Life. Making mindfulness more
active and seeing how we can use it in daily life to notice
what is good.
Stepping Back and Noticing Interpretations. Coming
to realise how we interpret things isn’t always a true
reflection of the situation.
Exploring Difficulty: Building Resilience. Mindfulness
does not remove the difficult things from our lives but it
can help us relate to them in a healthier way.
Relating to Others and Ourselves. Assessing difficult
communication and understanding our position in ways
that can help us gain a greater perspective and therefore
we can relate to others and ourselves more effectively.
Developing Balance in our Lives. Understanding that we
have to do things in our lives that we don’t necessarily
enjoy or feel energised by but looking at developing a
better attitude towards those things and creating a better
balance with more energising things.
Mindfulness and the Rest of Your Life? Recapping all of
the learning from the course and supporting participants
in figuring out how mindfulness might be a more permanent
feature in their daily lives.