Effective Leadership


Practical tips to become an effective Deputy Head
About this course

All our workshops are constantly updated to reflect the current - and ever-changing - circumstances in all schools relating to Covid-19.


Are you ready to apply for a Deputy Headship in an Independent School?

What are the strengths you’ll bring to the role? and

What will you need to do differently?

This course is a must for any aspiring deputy head.  Deputy headship is one of the most multi-faceted roles in any industry, not just education.  To be effective you need through preparation and training, which this course will provide.    Not only will this enable you to take up a new post with confidence it will also equip you with the necessary ideas to succeed at interview.  The emphasis throughout the course is on providing practical and useful tips, focusing on real-life situations. 

A complete overview of the many aspects of a deputy head’s role provides the backdrop to the course.  There’s a raft of whole school issues to take on board; unfamiliar curriculum areas for example or pastoral issues that might not yet have come your way.  Monitoring and evaluating students’ or staff performance, deputising for the head, dealing with the public – these will all come your way and those around you will depend on you being able to take these in your stride from day one.  This is followed by a look at how to secure the post in the first place, ranging from the application itself, through the selection processes and deciding whether you want the job or not!  The last session deals with a toolkit for personal success.  You’ll learn how to manage others and how to manage yourself. How to decide when and how to keep your distance and when to get involved.  We finish with a short exploration of the possible difficulties you might encounter.  These include dealing with difficult staff, unreasonable parents or driving change.

Whether you see deputy headship as your career goal or as a step closer to headship, this course will inspire you and develop your existing skills further.


All our 3-hour online workshops include: 
  • practical classroom-ready ideas and resources
  • small group size to facilitate interaction and full engagement
  • group/pair work and discussion with the tutor
  • pdf of the course booklet 

Course Outcomes:
  • Enhance your understanding of the role of a deputy head within an independent school
  • Enable you to apply successfully for your first deputy headship
  • Give you the confidence to deal with the difficulties of the job at both an interview and as operational lead.
  • Develop your skills to lead and manage others as well as managing your own workload
Course Outline:
The role of the Deputy Head

Whole School Issues explained & explored

Deputising for the Head – what this really/ might mean

The realists guide to Monitoring and Evaluating

Wider issues: Finance, the Law, PR

Getting the Job

The Application how to stand out on paper

Interview selling yourself and assessing the school

Post Interview Reflection identifying the challenges ahead (if you get the job) or what went wrong (if you didn’t)

Preparing for the role ideas as to what you can do before taking up post

Doing the Job

Leading and Managing others

Managing yourself more effectively: some new insights [and some] / together with old tricks of the trade

Being part of the Leadership Team

Dealing with Difficult Situations

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

“I really enjoyed the course - Tom was a very knowledgable trainer. I enjoyed hearing the examples of his experiences from his time in the profession and it has given me food for thought for my future practice. Thank you, Tom.”

Head of Key Stage , Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School

Very engaging and useful to hear first-hand examples. Well structured. Excellent range of resources, interactive activities and discussion.

Teacher , Godolphin Preparatory School

A very useful and informative course.

Keith Richards , Lancing College Prep School at Worthing

Very interesting and helpful. Plenty to take away and consider.

Teacher , Epsom College