Approaching Leadership


Our Approaching Leadership Programme is aimed at aspirant leaders from all phases & sectors and it is facilitated by experienced Senior Leaders from within our Alliance.  In the past three years 65 participants from schools within and outside the Alliance have completed the programme with 54% of these colleagues gaining promoted posts, often within their own school.  

As part of the Approaching Leadership Programme participants complete a significant impact project within their department/school.

Further information about our programme for 2016/17 can be found below:


Are you in year 3-5 of your teaching career? 

Are you aspiring to middle leadership? 

Do you want the opportunity to network with leaders from other schools? 

This leadership programme for Spring/Summer Term 2018 will provide opportunities for you to: 

  • Develop the skills needed to become an effective middle leader in a 21st Century School
  • Identify personal strengths and areas for improvement

  • Develop strategies for leading a team 

  • Explore how coaching skills can be used to develop individuals 

  • Attendance at four twilight sessions 

               - Completion of a school based measuring impact project 

               - Opportunity for school visits and leadership networking 


Our Commitment: 

This leadership programme for Spring/Summer Term 2018 will provide opportunities for you to: 

•  Provide instruction, venue, materials and light refreshments for twilight sessions 

•  Help to identify suitable school focused tasks which will support the work of the participants 

•  Provide coaching and support for participants ​

•  Facilitate school visits where appropriate 


Outline of twilight session aims: 


Session 1: LEARN TO LEAD 

Wednesday 17th January 2018 4pm-6pm 

- To identify personal strengths and areas for development 

- To reflect on the role of the middle leader 

- To identify leadership qualities and behaviours 



Tuesday 13th February 4pm-6pm - (please note this date has been changed from the one originally advertised)

- To reflect on preferred styles of leadership and the implications 

- To explore strategies for driving Learning & Teaching through Monitoring and Evaluation 

- To identify and action plan a suitable measuring impact project 



Wednesday 21st March 4pm-6pm 

- To explore how coaching skills can be used to develop individuals within a team context 



Thursday 14th June 4pm-6pm 

- To explore barriers to change and strategies for overcoming them 

- To reflect on measuring impact project and identify areas for future development 

- To reflect on learning and identify areas for further development 


Birchwood & Great Sankey High Schools have run the Approaching Leadership Programme since 2009/10 with over 100 participants giving excellent feedback and many using the programme as springboard for their professional development. 

The cost of this excellent CPD opportunity is £50 per person to cover resources, admin, venue hire and refreshments. 

To express an interest for this course, please email by Friday 5th January 2017.