Future Leaders


High quality middle leadership is about more than managing a subject or an aspect of school life. Middle leaders are enthusiasts for their subject, good managers and administrators – but to be truly effective they embrace the more challenging characteristics of leadership, which are to do with vision, strategy and a drive towards improvement.’

There is a clear and welcome consensus about the importance of middle leadership. The goals we all share for England’s education system – that all children, but especially the most disadvantaged, have the chance to achieve their potential at good or better schools – cannot be achieved without good middle leadership. Having high-calibre people in middle-leadership posts is particularly important. Ultimately, the senior leaders and headteachers of tomorrow are the middle leaders of today. This is pressing as demographic factors are affecting the profession, not least as many headteachers approach retirement.’ –

The key role of middle leaders – an Ofsted perspective Mike Cladingbowl, Ofsted

At Hartsdown the ‘Rising Stars Programme’ is for aspiring and current middle leaders. It is a diverse programme that will allow middle leaders to visit others schools and to hone their practice through various workshops and activities.

Where will the training take place?
Hartsdown Academy and in neighbouring schools.

What will the training consist of?

Face to face seminars, group work, on-line training, coaching and mentoring sessions throughout the year.

What skills and knowledge are we looking to develop?

The core purpose of the workshops is to move people up the levels of leadership:

Level 1-Highly capable individual – Contributes through talent & knowledge & skill
Level 2-Contributing team member – Contributes individually to the team’s goals
Level 3-Competent Manager – Organises people and resources
Level 4-Effective Leader – Gets people to believe in the vision
Level 5-Executive Leader – Builds outstanding leadership through humility and professional will

Key Sessions:

  1. What is the role of a middle leader?
  2. What is the difference between management and leadership?
  3. The Art of Leadership
    1. Setting a Vision
    2. Communicating a Vision
    3. Developing Plans
  4. Managing People
    1. Managing team meetings
    2. Fierce Conversations
    3. Building a team
    4. Celebrating your team
    5. The Art of delegation
    6. Coaching
    7. Effective Line management
  5. Managing yourself
    1. Emotional Intelligence
    2. Time management
  6. Leading Teaching and Learning
    1. Joint Learning walk with a senior leader
    2. Joint Lesson observation with a senior leader
    3. Learning walk in another context
    4. Developing the Curriculum
    5. Using data to improve teaching
    6. Work Scrutiny
  7. Action Research