Being an educational leader is challenging. Whether a middle or senior leader, we are responsible for our students, colleagues and communities; social, emotional, academic and professional provision and wellbeing. We are guardians of our nation’s schools and both our student’s and colleagues futures which, is a humbling reality. Hence, particularly in the current climate, the role of leader has never been so important.


  • Are role models within the communities they serve
  • Are accountable for the educational provision of their students and schools
  • Have a vision that is strong but adaptable
  • Lead by example and take people with them on the journey
  • Are value driven and focused on improving provision and support for all
  • Set high standards and expectations for all
  • Guide the professional development of their team; acknowledging and addressing areas for support
  • Listen, support and have difficult conversations
  • Are decisive and pragmatic
  • Are reflective and base their decisions on evidence
  • Can prioritise, juggle and delegate
  • Understand the importance of everyone’s role, bringing the best out of their teams
  • Build an inclusive and supportive team with a collective ethos
  • Keep the moral purpose of what we do at the forefront of everything

How can I be a good leader?

There is no magic formula to becoming a good leader, in fact the best leaders are those who can develop their skillset around the needs of different teams which, means they are always evolving.

There is support out there, to help you develop your skillset and become the leader our communities need.

How can I become a leader?

  1. Look for opportunities within your own schools, MATs and Trusts to observe, shadow, collaborate and support existing leaders.
  2. Stay at the forefront of educational research, follow key educationalists on social media, listen to podcasts, read the latest books and take advantage of any CPD or initiatives
  3. Seek opportunities, initiatives, and projects in your schools or within our area
  4. Network and collaborate with colleagues in your school, MAT, Trust and Hub
  5. Take advantage of the professional development opportunities

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

One of the best ways to develop your pedagogy, practice and leadership skills is to study for an NPQ. The new suite of qualifications is evidence based and focused on developing our teachers and leaders at every stage of their career.

Read more about the NPQs here.