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 area
  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.

We have joined with our partners at Education Development Trust to bring a local, national and international perspective to the modules which, are delivered through face to face, online and self -study sessions, ensuring they compliment your professional life.

The Specialist NPQs

NPQ FOR LEADING BEHAVIOUR AND CULTURE (NPQLBC) – For teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing.

NPQ FOR LEADING TEACHER DEVELOPMENT (NPQLTD) – For teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers.

NPQ FOR LEADING TEACHING (NPQLT) – For teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage, or phase.

The Leadership NPQs

NPQ FOR SENIOR LEADERSHIP (NPQSL) – For school leaders who are, or aspire to be, a senior leader with cross school responsibilities.

NPQ FOR HEADSHIP (NPQH) – For school leaders who are, or aspire to be, a head teacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

Please note there is also an additional support package available for Headteachers who, are in their first two years of Headship.

NPQ FOR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP (NPQEL) -For leaders who are, or aspire to have, an Executive Head or CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.

You can find details of the courses available here or our course booklet here