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Head of Year: getting the best from your team

25 February 2020, 4:00 pm–6:30 pm

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A professional development opportunity for Heads of Year in secondary schools.

Event Information

Open to







Margaret Turner


UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way

This programme will enable you to:

  • focus your time and leadership skills for maximum impact on pupil outcomes
  • develop an understanding of how to empower your tutor team
  • understand how to manage relationships within your school: upwards, downwards and sideways to achieve your aims
  • develop skills to manage powerful dialogues that achieve the outcomes you want.

Learning model

Participants engage in four 2.5hr face-to-face sessions, interspersed with focused tasks carried out in their own schools. Sessions combine bursts of theory with practical activity.

Session details

Session one: Teamwork and leadership
  • What does research tell us about leading effective teams?
  • What does research tell us about models of leadership that will make a difference to you in your role?
Session two: Active listening and managing challenging conversations
  • The power of active listening and the role of trust
  • Managing challenging conversations to get the outcomes you want
Session three: Working strategically, using data
  • Data for dialogue: a problem solving tool
  • Tools to enable you to work strategically: visioning, action planning and tracking impact
Session four: Managing yourself, coaching others
  • Getting the best from yourself: time management and resilience
  • Developing coaching skills to enable you to get the best from your tutor team


Session one25 February 2020 (4pm-6:30pm)
Session two24 March 2020 (4pm-6:30pm)
Session three2 May 2020 (4pm-6:30pm)
Session four9 June 2020 (4pm-6:30pm)


£380 per person.

Practical strategies to take and use within my role to help facilitate improvement
Great resources and research, shared in an actionable way. Really good space to take a moment and reflect on my practice and then actively improve it

Image: Head of year. Photo: © Kirsten Holst