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Middle Leadership Programme

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The middle leadership programme is suitable for all subject leaders and year leaders. There are four phases to the thirteen-week programme:

  • Phase 1 is a pre-inset activity for the leaders collectively in each school to complete related to their school which will last no longer than an hour which will assist Sandra Jones in planning for Phase 2. Leaders will require no preparation time to complete this task.
  • Phase 2 is a one day INSET.
  • Phase 3 is a half day INSET.
  • Phase 4 is a one to one interview of an hour’s duration with each middle leader. There is an option of an evaluative report on the effectiveness of the middle leaders.

Phase 1

Pre-Inset task to take place a week before Phase 2 and emailed to Tracey Murphy, . To be completed collectively by leaders in each school.

Phase 2

paired workIt is important for Sandra to know the responsibility of each middle leader attending so the programme can be tailored to the needs of the leaders. The afternoon will be practical paired work and leaders will be asked to bring anonymised pupils’ work with them for one of the afternoon activities.


  • To know and understand the role, responsibility and accountability of a Year Group Leader/Middle Leader
  • To understand how to get the best from your working style and reduce your patterns of stress and your non-conscious driver behaviours
  • To understand what makes an effective leader and further develop leadership competencies
  • To develop a monitoring and evaluative tool kit
  • To have the skills and strategies to manage challenging interpersonal situations


  • To develop leadership competencies
  • To understand the Ofsted criteria for good and outstanding leadership, evaluate themselves against it and identify next steps
  • To understand the BIG Picture and middle leaders’ role within it
  • To be able to write more evaluatively
  • To develop skills needed to give effective written and verbal feedback
  • To develop strategies for handling challenging interpersonal situations

Phase 3

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  • To review the impact of Middle Leader Inset Phase 2
  • To prepare middle leaders to discuss and demonstrate the effectiveness of their leadership to a variety of audiences e.g. governors, LA, Ofsted


  • To identify the impact of middle leaders on outcomes for pupils and identify next steps
  • Middle leaders will feel prepared to discuss and demonstrate the effectiveness of their leadership to a variety of audiences

Phase 4

interviewOne to one interviews will be focussed on actions, impact, strengths, weaknesses and next steps.


  • To evaluate the effectiveness of middle leaders


  • An accurate and evidence based evaluation of the effectiveness of the middle leaders

Cohort 1

13/09/18  Phase 2  1 day
01/11/18 Phase 3 Half day
11/12/18 Phase 4 One to ones
12/12/18 Phase 4 One to ones 

Venue for Cohort 1

horse shire logoThis programme is run by Sandra Jones and is hosted at:
The Shire Foundation
Hillborough Junior School
Hillborough Road
Luton LU1 5EZ

Cohort 2

10/01/19  Phase 2  1 day
28/02/19 Phase 3 Half day
02/04/19 Phase 4 One to ones
04/04/19 Phase 4 One to ones 

Venue for Cohort 2

tennyson road primary logoThis programme is run by Sandra Jones and is hosted at:
Tennyson Road Primary
(North Site)
Surrey Street
Luton LU1 3BX



How to apply

For more information or to apply, contact Tracey Murphy on 01582 522121 or email .