Swale Academies Trust works hard to support and develop its leaders. Working with the Westlands Teaching School Alliance it has put together a comprehensive programme of leadership development no matter what the circumstances.
We have been working with partner companies, such as OLEVI, to run courses like the Improving and Outstanding Teacher programme which supports the development of the delegate but also enables them to mentor future delegates. Moving on from this there is also the Outstanding Leaders in Education programme which supports current or aspiring leaders to navigate the role of the middle leader successfully.
We have also developed a new partnership with LLSE so that we can run the National Professional Qualifications which offers delegates a robust and nationally recognised qualification with clear progression routes from middle, to senior leadership and headship.
There is also an opportunity to become a shadow leader in the schools and enter onto the Future Leaders Programme. This programme enables staff to run a project within their own schools, with the support of a senior mentor with whom they are able to shadow on occasion. This programme is supported by a series of training sessions run by the directors, executive headteachers, and current headteachers on different aspects of leadership at the very top end. The first cohort of delegates found this very useful. 100% of them felt that they enjoyed the course and found it useful in their development. 100% would recommend it to other staff and enjoyed the network opportunities is gave then.
“The importance of vision and ensuring that it is understood, along with strategic planning, have really helped me to implement new projects within school and will both be key when mentoring other staff.”
“This was a great opportunity to see leadership from a different perspective and it has allowed me to network with other peers in a similar situation to myself. This would a great opportunity and I would strongly recommend it to peers.”
“I have very much enjoyed taking part in the course, and I feel that it has provided me with additional opportunities for career progression within my school. The course has also given me an insight into how decisions at a senior leader level are made.”