Effective Leadership


Practical tips to become an effective Senior Leader in a school where delegation can be difficult
About this course

Are you ready to take on the challenge of a senior role in a small school?

Do you want to develop your personal skills in dealing with others in a close school community?

Would you like to develop strategies for balancing a demanding workload?

This course is a must for anyone aspiring to a leadership role in a small school, whether it be a Preparatory School, Senior or all-through.  Small schools bring real challenges, not least because of the need to be involved in just about every aspect of running a school.  Unlike larger schools, there are very few people to share responsibilities.  You might currently be leading a small department with one or two others, yet to secure a leadership role you must be confident that you can lead a larger team in an interdependent community. 

Course Outcomes:
  • Preparing you for a leadership position in a small school
  • Enhance understanding of what exactly is involved
  • Confidence to deal with the inevitable difficulties
  • Strategies for managing your own workload
  • Skills to lead and manage others
Course Outline:
Managing Yourself

Small school issues-what they are and how are they different from those in larger schools?

Being efficient: what jobs are worth your time and what aren’t?

Learning to delegate-practical tips based upon years at the chalkface

Balancing familiarity and distance within a small team-the tight rope of managing those you deal with.

Leading and Managing Others

Leadership styles – how to develop and deploy your skills effectively

Persuading others – getting the best from your team and your governors

Dealing with difficult situations – keeping calm and staying in control when faced with conflict or a crisis

Monitoring and Performance Management – formal and informal ways of knowing what’s going on

Managing Aspects of the Job

Curriculum and assessment – what the pupils are taught and how it’s organised

Pastoral and SEN – looking after the needs of your pupils

Other aspects: finance, public relations and marketing – keeping pupil numbers up and balancing the books

Inspections and regulations – making sure your school is compliant and inspection-ready

Wendy Imperato

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029 2071 1787


£180 + VAT (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) BOOK NOW
Mary Chapman

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+44 (0)29 2071 1787

“The course has been inspirational and supportive. I would highly recommend this course to anyone currently new to a senior management role, or someone preparing for a new senior management role”

Assistant Headteacher , Meoncross School

It was very informative with good discussions that raised and answered questions. It made me think about my leadership styles and how I'd deal with certain situations.

Head of KS2 , Our Lady's Prep School

A fascinating insight into the workings of the human brain and how we can help teenagers to learn and retain information. Very practical strategies to implement from the offset in all curriculum areas.

Assistant Principal , Abbey Grange Academy

Excellent course - very relevant and great opportunity to share experiences, well worth attending!

Deputy Headteacher , Waverley School

Very very informative, great chance for reflection and to hear and share stories and examples from personal schools. Leaving feeling inspired and more confident with ideas to try straight away.

Director of Studies , Hawkesdown School