IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Widening Leadership (new version for 2020)

03 March 2020, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Participants engage on the programme

A professional leadership development programme for senior leaders.

Event Information

Open to







Margaret Turner
020 7612 6245


UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

This advanced programme can be the catalyst for you to begin your senior career or build on your passion for leading others towards success in their roles. The programme looks at the psychology of leadership and is designed to enhance your understanding of strategic leadership as a senior middle leader or new senior leader.

Who can apply?

This programme is for you if you are a new leader in a senior leadership role; an experienced middle leader with at least three years' experience in the role and aspiring to senior leadership; a leader who has already undertaken previous professional middle leadership development. Also suitable for professional support staff e.g. school business managers.

The programme will help you to:

  • Lead yourself, your team and beyond your team
  • Understand the use of motivation as a leadership tool
  • Advance your skills in leading and influencing others
  • Understand the importance of being an emotionally intelligent leader
  • Deal with contentious issues and whole-school initiatives
  • Prioritise and effectively manage your time

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 'focus for change' project with a small group. 

Day 1: Communication
  • Sharing a vision
  • Schools as learning organisations
  • Appreciative enquiry
  • Evaluating and tackling impact
  • Coaching
  • Developing a 'focus for change' project
Day 2: Motivation
  • Leading change
  • Emotionally intelligent leadership
  • Goals and motivations for change
  • Blockers and enablers
  • Coaching
  • Theories of action
  • Developing your 'focus for change' project.
Day 3: Dialogue
  • 360 discussion
  • Distributing leadership
  • Team effectiveness
  • Transformational dialogue
  • Time management
  • Coaching
  • Refining your 'focus for change' project.
Final twilight
  • Present and celebrate the impact your leadership 'focus for change' project has had
  • Learning conversation
  • Future pathways.
Inter-sessional tasks

Inter-sessional tasks will be undertaken between the leadership days including the completion of an online diagnostic between days one and two.

During the programme leaders will carry out an action research 'focus for change' project which will involve working across the school or with another team.

Fees for 2019/20

£620 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).

Cost also includes a copy of the 'Catalyst' resource designed by Louise Stoll at IOE.


Session dates for the next cohort:

Day one3 March 2020
Day two24 April 2020
Day three5 June 2020
Final twilight9 July 2020

Schools, collaboratives and local authorities

The programme can be run on-site for schools, groups of schools, local authorities and multi-academy trusts  contact us for costs and more information.


For international schools and groups of schools, the programme can be run at your overseas venue  contact us for costs and more information.

The programme gave me the confidence to go for promotion and believe in my leadership skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Not only did I learn a lot, but I felt it also helped my recent appointment to a more senior role at my school. Exce
Excellent course leaders who were inspiring and modelled so many of the skills they were teaching.