Programmes & Events

Nov 2017

The Headteacher Professional Development Programme 2017/18

We are very aware that many head teachers put their own professional development and support systems very low on the list of school priorities. We are also fully aware that this is a false economy and that without regular time for reflection and collaboration with other senior leaders, head teachers can feel very isolated and vulnerable in a role that becomes more complex every year.

For the last 3 years we have been offering a once-a-term day to groups of head teachers. Each day is designed to stand-alone, but the intention is that HTs commit to all three events as this builds great networking and collaboration which becomes a fantastic support mechanism. The value of these sessions is evidenced by the fact that our existing groups return year after year.

The structure of the days is that we do a 'hot off the press' session summarising the latest national issues, give HTs the chance to offload current challenges and share possible solutions and then have some professional development input based on our latest professional reading or areas that different groups have identified as useful to them in their context.  The overview is the current plan, but as the year progresses, if other priorities emerge, we will build those in.

Overview of the programme

  • Day 1 - Developing ‘you' - 29th November 
    • The importance of investing in yourself as HT
    • The need to continue your own professional development.
    • Understanding the extent to which the HT affects every aspect of the school.
    • Phases of school leadership;
    • Getting and keeping professional and personal life in perspective;
    • Some of the qualities of effective leaders
  • Day 2 - Developing your team - 2nd February 
    • The key elements of culture and communication
    • Influencing others
    • Future – Engage – Deliver model (Steve Radcliffe)
    • Building and sustaining the culture of the school
    • Trust within and between the teams
    • Coaching conversations
  • Day 3 - Developing your school - 21st June 
    • Systems, processes and the theory behind them 
    • Focus on the important (and how to decide what this is)
    • Monitoring to support the highest expectations
    • Difficult conversations
    • Creating and sustaining momentum

Price of this programme 

  • £680.00 per delegate for Enhanced Members
  • £820.00 per delegate for Core Members
  • £980.00 per delegate for Non-Members

Terms and Conditions 

By completing the registration form below you will be accepting the Partners in Learning Terms and Conditions for all programmes and events. A copy of the terms and conditions can be requested from 


  • Venue Plover Primary School
  • Start date 29/11/17
  • Time 09:00
  • Trainers Alistair Shaw and Nicki Bell
  • Audience Headteachers
“Just wanted to thank you again in writing for inviting me to the high quality training today. It was very thought provoking and useful to my role. Thanks to Kathy for organising it".
Clive Davies System Leader Training - (StEP), 2017