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University of Chester

Riverside Campus

Chester, United Kingdom

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It is free to register for this event. On attendance, attendees will be invoiced a rate of £295.00.


First Steps to Primary Leadership - An Early Leadership Skills Development Programme.

Aims of the course:

First Steps to Leadership – Primary Educators is designed around 4 leadership competencies:

  1. Establishing Priorities

  2. Improving the quality of Learning & Teaching

  3. Management and deployment of resources

  4. Professional development and practical strategies to support subject leadership

 Each of these will be explored across our face to face sessions and applied to the context of your schools. The programme is aimed at colleagues in the first 4 years of their career with preliminary leadership responsibilities or aspirations to develop further towards a role as a Lead Practitioner, middle leader or senior leader.

Suitable for:

Primary school educators (who are looking to develop their early / middle leadership and subject co-ordinator skills; and is highly pertinent to staff who are beginning to take on Line Management or team Leadership).

 This developmental learning programme will help prepare staff for the next stage of middle leadership training such as NPQML or similar programmes. 

This course will address the essential skills and practice to provide participants with:

  1. A clear understanding of how to effectively lead and manage a subject across the Primary phase and to reflect on the how the role can bring about improvements at a whole school and individual pupil level.

  2. Support for those new to working as a team leader through the development of inter-personal/inter-agency skills and building confidence for working collaboratively to bring about subject development and school improvement.

  3. The opportunity to develop skills and strategies to evaluate a subject at whole-school level in an educational context.

The programme blends a focus on the operational aspects of early leadership with consideration of growing you as an individual. You will explore leadership models to look at how to develop successful relationships, understand and communicate with colleagues and motivate yourself and others. Woven throughout will be practical sessions on topics that aspiring middle leaders become increasingly exposed to, giving you confidence to step up into new roles. You will also begin using some of these new skills through the Action Research project which is a key outcome of the programme.

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Make effectual use of professional learning to assess impact on own practice and subject management;

  • Formulate valid conclusions that link theory to practice and consolidate own understanding of effective subject leadership;

  • Deploy effective communication strategies;

  • Reflect upon the use of appropriate inter-personal skills for facilitating change when working with others;

  • Critically engage with theoretical frameworks and literature

Dates and times of course:

  • Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 9.15am-3.30pm

  • Wednesday 8th December 2016, 4.15pm-6.15pm

  • Thursday 26th January 2017, 1.00pm-3.30pm

  • Thursday 16th March 2017, 4.15pm-6.15pm


University of Chester, Riverside Campus, CH1 1SL and University of Chester, Warrington Campus, WA2 0DB



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Riverside Campus

Chester, United Kingdom

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