Effective Leadership


Leading from the middle
About this course

As an award-nominated author (Best Secondary Resource at BESA Awards) for 'The Subject Leader' - Steve is uniquely placed to offer expert guidance, ideas and strategies on how to fulfil the role of Subject Leader effectively. Steve has delivered this course to several thousand teachers over the last seven years and it is Dragonfly Training’s most popular course. Delegate feedback is always massively positive with delegates regularly commenting that the course is ‘inspirational’, ‘grounded in reality’ and hugely relevant to their role.

Course Outcomes:
  • Focus on leadership of learning, team development and improvement planning, whilst understanding the essential elements of subject/departmental leadership
  • Rigorous self-evaluation of your leadership strengths and development needs
  • Leadership and management: key differences
  • Learn how to handle difficult conversations and difficult people (parents, teachers and students)
  • Managing upwards: techniques for ‘managing’ senior leaders
  • Career Pathways: understand how to progress to middle and senior leadership and a Discussion Forum: suggestions and solutions to your current challenges
Course Outline:
DAY ONE: VISION AND RIGOUR - Setting the Context

Skills, disposition and features of a successful Middle Leader

Leadership of Learning

Primary focus and why it’s important

Reducing variance in teacher performance

DAY ONE: VISION AND RIGOUR - Self-evaluation/Self-inspection

Interrogating data

Sampling - what does and doesn't work

Lesson observations - what they do and don't show

Subject meetings - getting more out of them

DAY 2: PEOPLE AND RELATIONSHIPS - Leading and Managing

Leading and managing the differences

What kind of leader are you?

Types and preferences

Building teams

DAY 2: PEOPLE AND RELATIONSHIPS - Managing time, pressures and stresses caused by others

Time management

Difficult conversations

Difficult colleagues

Top tips

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“"I really enjoyed both days of the course. Steve was very engaging, realistic and knowledgable. A smaller group worked very well and really allowed time for discussion. Many thanks."”

Head of Department , St Benedict's School

'As someone new to leadership role, this training has really equipped me with the practical skills and knowledge to be able to go back to my school and be an effective leader. Lots of practical strategies and a chance to self-reflect on my own practice."

Maths Leader , Regent's International School, Bangkok

"Interesting and engaging. Steve was excellent. Lots of pragmatic and useful ideas/content."

PSHE Leader , Amnuay Silpa School, Bangkok

Excellent. Loads of really practical takeaways and Steve was engaging and knowledgeable throughout.

Head of Department , Harrow School Bangkok

"The course was an excellent overview of the challenges that leaders face in managing their departments. The materials were engaging and thoroughly interesting. I will certainly use the materials in my own work."

Curriculum Director , Christ the King Sixth Form College