More than 20 teachers have successfully completed the Middle Leadership Development Programme at the Brooke Weston Teaching School. The course, which lasted 12 months, improved teachers’ professional effectiveness and leadership skills. They chose an area of their school operation in which to ‘close the achievement gap’ and, as a final task, delivered a presentation to senior managers and heads from across the Alliance Schools.
The course, accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, was facilitated at Brooke Weston by Teaching School CPD Lead Angeline Annable and Mrs Jane MacDonald, Deputy Head at Oakley Vale primary school. The course comprised seven facilitated sessions, participation in online self reflection and research activities, plus a final leadership challenge project and presentation.
Mrs Annable said: ‘This was a particularly successful cohort as we had a wide range of both primary and secondary teachers, each of whom had a different focus or specialism. The aim was to strengthen each participant’s personal leadership skills using both face to face and online discussions and by trying out new strategies in the classroom. Each delegate kept a detailed record of their progress and formulated a specific project to close a gap in achievement in their own school. This was then fed back in the presentations at the end, all of which proved an invaluable opportunity to share information and reflect on the impact of the course as a whole.
‘The delegates have engaged with their tasks with enthusiasm and professionalism and the sheer range of leadership challenges and research that they undertook has given them a thorough grounding in middle leadership. This will enable them to have a real impact on their schools in the future and they will be able to identify and encourage the next generation of middle leaders among their own colleagues.’
The delegates will celebrate their success with an end of course reception in December.