While education is full of views and opinions, one thing is clear, good and outstanding schools need strong and capable leaders.

The Trust offers a clear leadership pathway that provides effective leadership development and succession-planning, resulting in all the academies within the Trust being judged as having good leadership.

Our Leadership programmes, within the Challenge for Leadership umbrella, are designed to ensure that our growth as a Multi-Academy Trust remains sustainable. We are committed to ensuring that it is the mechanism whereby we secure a rich vein of high calibre leaders whilst maintaining effective oversight of our existing networks.

We believe it is important to broker expertise from outside and from within our organisation to ensure that our leadership programmes are of the highest quality, designed to complement and enhance the learning provided on other professional development programmes, whether in our own academies or via national providers such as Teach First, Future Leaders Trust, Teaching Leaders and the NCTL.

Our comprehensive career development programme means we have the highest rate of promotions across all MATs (73% Internal promotions in 2016 at David Ross Education Trust schools).

Our leadership programmes are offered on an annual basis with application and interview (when appropriate) taking place during the Summer Term. Read more about 7 levels of the leadership on offer in the document below.

Middle Leaders

We are working with Ambitions School Leadership to develop the middle leadership teams in both our primary and secondary academies. The programme has three key aims:

  • To maximize the impact on pupil achievement and close the achievement gap
  • To improve teacher quality, team performance and motivation
  • To retain the best middle leaders.

Developing Middle Leaders is a bespoke programme evolved from TL Schools and it’s targeted a to those who are new to middle leadership in primary and secondary schools. In 2016/17, 16 colleagues studied the programme.

Accelerating Middle Leaders enables existing middle leaders in primary and secondary schools to develop their skills. This year this will be accredited via the NPQML qualification. In 2016/17 14 colleagues studied the programme.

Senior Leaders and Aspirant Senior Leaders

We are working with Ambitions School Leadership to develop the skills of our aspirant senior leaders and those new to senior leadership to ensure that we are developing the very best Headteachers and Senior Leaders of the future. We use the ‘The Leading Impact – NPQSL’ (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership), which is a programme for senior leaders and aspiring senior leaders wanting to improve their practice.

Leaders within the Trust have helped facilitate the NPQSL so the delivery is bespoke for the needs of Trust. By the end of 2015/16, over 20 colleagues in two cohorts had completed the course and in 2016/17 third cohort of 24 colleagues studied the qualification.

Principals, Aspirant Principals and Aspirant System Leaders

In 2016/17 the Trust worked closely with experienced education coaches and leadership advisors to develop the Trust’s own offer for aspirant Heads, those new to Headship, and those experienced Heads who are aspirant systems leaders, within the Challenge for Leadership framework.

All three programmes comprised of a mix of professional development days delivered by leaders within the Trust, excellence visits to a variety of academies, masterclasses delivered by external experts in their field and professional coaching.

The course for aspirant Principals was a one-year programme with Trainees being recommended by their Principals, AILs, or applying themselves. They undertook a headship interview to gain a place on the programme. Of the cohort of fourteen, eight are now in Headship roles.

The programme for new Principals was intended to last two years and was integrated with an appropriate induction process. The programme for system leaders will also be a two-years and participants will be highlighted by AILs and other Trust leaders.

With the advent of the new license holders for the NPQ’s we are delighted to be working with Ambitions School Leadership in delivering our own NPQH qualification for our aspirant and new Principals. This will enable us to build upon our programmes of last year and provide our Principals with nationally recognized qualifications. We are also working with Ambitions on the NPQEL so that in the future we can enable our system leaders to gain this award.

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