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Aspiring and current leaders

Being an educational leader is challenging. Whether a middle or senior leader, you are responsible for students, colleagues and communities; social, emotional, academic and professional provision and wellbeing. Hence, the role of a leader is 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 they 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. This can be achieved through:

  • Looking for opportunities within your own schools and trusts to observe, shadow, collaborate and support existing leaders.
  • Staying at the forefront of educational research, following key educationalists on social media, listening to podcasts, reading the latest books and taking advantage of any relevant CPD or initiatives.
  • Seeking opportunities, initiatives, and projects in your schools or within our local area.
  • Networking and collaborating with colleagues in your school trust and Hub.
  • Taking advantage of CPD and professional development opportunities or studying an NPQ. (link to the CPD page)

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)
Our NPQs are designed to support current or aspiring leaders, senior leads and headteachers. One of the best ways to develop your pedagogy, practice and leadership skills is to study for an NPQ. There are a range of qualifications available all of which are designed to complement your day-to-day work and to help you develop your leadership skills and accelerate your teaching career. 



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