TKAT Teaching School Alliance

TKAT Stepping up to Senior Leadership


This programme is designed to bridge the gap between middle leadership and senior leadership – giving an insight into the wider knowledge, skills and experience needed to lead whole-school initiatives. 

Sessions are designed around the skills and qualities of excellent leadership:


Session 1: Excellent Leaders: Qualities of successful leaders

This session will consider the values and moral purpose of effective senior leaders. We will look at examples of outstanding leadership both within and beyond education. Participants will consider how to create a whole-school vision, ethos and culture, and undertake a practical activity designed to share ideas.

Session 2: Excellent Leaders: Planning for success

This session will look at the difference between strategic planning and action planning. It will consider how to communicate effectively to achieve your vision and how to successfully delegate to others.

Session 3: Excellent Leaders: Developing people

This session will look at getting the best out of the people you work with. It will consider team development, coaching of individuals, and different strategies for holding staff to account including how to have difficult conversations when needed.

Session 4: Excellent Leaders: Leading into the future

This session will help prepare participants for senior leadership. It will include a gap analysis to support in planning for opportunities and experiences that will enable participants to close their knowledge gaps and prepare for their next steps.

This programme is ideal for:

Those aspiring to step up to a senior leadership role, or those new to senior leadership

Duration and location:

This programme is usually delivered over 4 x half-day sessions over 2 terms from your school or a regional location.

Here’s what a previous participant said:

“This course has taught me methods, techniques and lifted the curtain of SL T which gives confidence that I’m capable of it”

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