Institute of Education


Early Leadership

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 23 September 2019

Participant on the early leadership programme

A professional leadership development programme for new and aspiring leaders in education.

Event Information

Open to







Maggie Woods
020 7612 6616


UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Are you a new leader in the early stages of your leadership career? Or are you ready to apply for your first leadership role? Then this is the programme for you. It will help you develop your leadership skills and confidence as well as strategies to lead and manage a team and improve teaching and learning.

The programme will help you to:

  • understand yourself as a leader
  • understand others - behaviours and motivation
  • develop a range of skills necessary for good leadership
  • gain confidence when having challenging conversations
  • develop and understand professional dialogue
  • ask the right questions about data.

Who can apply?

This programme is for you if you are in a first leadership position or a middle leader who has not undertaken any professional leadership development. Also suitable for professional staff leading a team of support staff or administrators.

Programme content

Participants must attend all face-to-face sessions and undertake inter-sessional tasks to complete the programme. The programme finishes with a learning conversation and celebration twilight when you will present and discuss your action research with a small group. 

Day 1: Modelling leadership
  • Being proactive
  • Having vision
  • Prioritising
  • Understanding others
  • Teamwork
  • Work/life balance
  • Communication skills.
Day 2: Monitoring
  • Experience of monitoring
  • Giving feedback
  • Using data for improvement
  • Influences on adult learning
  • Feedback on performance.
Day 3: Dialogue
  • Thinking styles
  • Professional dialogue
  • Critical incidents
  • Setting up an action research project.
Final twilight
  • Present action research to a small group
  • Learning conversation.
Inter-sessional tasks

Inter-sessional tasks will be undertaken between the leadership days. Throughout the duration of the programme participants will carry out a small scale action research project and present this in a learning conversation at the end of the programme.

Fees for 2019/20

£580 for the six month professional programme which includes three face-to-face leadership days and a final twilight session at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).


Session dates for the next cohort:

  • Day one          23 September 2019
  • Day two          8 November 2019
  • Day three        22 January 2020
  • Final twilight   5 March 2020
A really enjoyable course that sparked lots of ideas and gave me the confidence to make positive changes.
Every session has been so useful and effective, a great opportunity for professional dialogue.
The course has been invaluable and I would recommend it to anybody who is new to leadership.