Middle leaders are the vital cogs in the wheel of school improvement. But it’s not always a comfortable place to be when you are faced with pressures from team members on the one hand and senior leaders on the other.

This training covers the practical realities of team leadership, managing people and managing yourself. It’s about motivating, coaching, communicating and improving. It is aimed at new leaders and experienced leaders who want to refresh their skills.

Aims and outcomes

  • Learn how to motivate and empower the team.
  • Be more productive through better time management, prioritising and delegation.
  • Gain confidence in getting buy-in from SLT and showing the value of leadership.
  • Develop people skills: coaching, courageous conversations and communicating change.
  • Demonstrate impact through a self-directed project.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Getting to know yourself and your team
  • Unit 2: Creating a shared team vision
  • Unit 3: Being more productive
  • Unit 4: Monitoring team performance
  • Unit 5: Managing change
  • Unit 6: Demonstrating impact


Donna Westwood is a development coach and facilitator. She has over 20 years’ experience in schools as a teacher, head of department, deputy head, SLE and teaching school director. Donna is particularly interesting in facilitating leadership, CPD...