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Supervision Skills for Leadership

24 January 2022–11 July 2022, 9:00 am–12:00 pm

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This unique, practical course provides leaders including experienced SENCOs, inclusion managers and education consultants with the knowledge and skills to supervise colleagues within their setting, or across multiple sites, who support vulnerable pupils in a variety of roles, such as learning mentors, designated teachers, early career and assistant SENCOs.

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Centre for Inclusive Education

Those in a leadership position in schools are at the forefront of supporting vulnerable pupils and their families but unlike most other professionals (speech therapist, educational psychologists and social workers) concerned with the education of pupils, there is no formal tradition of supervision for leadership in schools. This course fills that gap.

Research evidence from other related professions and emerging school-based research has demonstrated the importance and benefits of supervision, including, but not limited to, job satisfaction, professional development and the ability to cope with job-related stress.

The main subject areas covered on this course

This course will:

  • Be both theoretical and practical and spread over two terms to learn current theoretical perspectives behind effective supervision and apply this learning in practise in your setting.
  • Review the different models of supervision and how they might be applied in different contexts.
  • Address practical issues of supervision including frequency and duration, contracts and record keeping.
  • Explore some of the more common supervision problems and dilemmas in education and possible ways forward.

Who can apply for this course?

  • Leaders working in all phases from early years to further education and specialist settings
  • Practitioners with the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination and two years' post SENCO qualification experience in an education setting
  • Inclusion Managers 
  • Education Consultants

Course content, structure and dates

  • Live session 1: 24th January 2022, 9am - 12pm
  • Live session 2: 7th February 2022, 9am - 12pm
  • Live session 3: 7th March 2022, 9am - 12pm
  • Group Supervision Session 1: 28th March 2022, 1pm – 2pm
  • Group Supervision Session 2: 9th May 2022, 1pm – 2pm
  • Group Supervision Session 3: 13th June 2022, 1pm – 2pm
  • 3x Individual Supervision Sessions to be arranged.
  • Live Session 4: 11th July 2022, 9am – 12pm. 

Total study time: 20-22 hours.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will:

  • know the purpose and benefits of supervision underpinned by models and theories.
  • know how to evaluate the process and outcomes of supervision
  • be able to support senior leaders in establishing a school wide supervision culture.


£999 (fee includes the cost of supervision)

How to apply for this course

The deadline to apply for this course is: 30 November 2021.

We anticipate high demand for the limited places available on this course. Therefore potential delegates should contact Dean Crow (inclusive.education@ucl.ac.uk) for further details.


    About the Speaker

    Gill Brackenbury

    Director, UCL Centre for Inclusive Education

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