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School Development Service

Leadership and Management


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STEPS into Leadership

Steps into Leadership

This programme supports the leadership development of those within the school community who have responsibility for leading subjects, teaching with pastoral responsibilities, year team leaders, key stage coordinators or other aspects of the school's leadership structure.

Leadership is essentially the process of building and maintaining a sense of vision, culture and interpersonal relationships, with other people in leading and managing change, raising pupil achievement, sharing good practice and contributing to overall school improvement.

Developing people and nurturing talent is a key issue facing all types of organisations across different contexts. Within schools one of the most important ways in which school leaders contribute to teaching and learning is through their impact on the motivation, development and well-being of staff.

Course Outline


  • 2 Full Introductory Day (compulsory)
  • 3 Evening Seminars - usually one per month (4.00pm – 7pm)
  • Course dates & venues TBC.


  • This course is open for newly appointed middle leaders in a school and those who are in a middle leadership position in a school for less than 3 years. This will include responsibility for the work of at least one other member of staff.
  • It is suitable for participants across phases and from any role within a school where they are responsible for leading and managing a team
  • You must have the support and permission of your Principal to apply & attend.


An experiential approach with a facilitative and invitational approach that affords you the opportunity in safe environment to reflect on your leadership style and approach and grow your competencies. Particpants will complete a reflective journal and have access to online resources and support. The course is -

  • Designed to facilitate adult learning
  • Promotes individual and organisational learning
  • It is not a chalk-and-talk training course.
  • Learning comes from participation in a group setting.

Course Content/Themes

The course is underpinned by national standards for school leaders which have been contextualised for Northern Ireland.

  • Values and leadership
  • Leading learning and teaching
  • Leading people (intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships)
  • Managing for efficiency and effectiveness
  • Monitoring and evaluative practice

Course Objectives

  • To review your own leadership style and develop your leadership capacity and capability
  • To reflect on the role and impact of personal and professional values
  • To explore how you manage yourself and your time
  • To reflect on how to be effective in the use of your team through support and delegation
  • To deepen the understanding of your role in leading learning
  • To help you plan for your own personal leadership development

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will;

  • Have enhanced self-awareness of own leadership style, values and skills
  • Have an enhanced self-awareness/confidence and an understanding of the impact they have on others
  • Have an increased knowledge and competency in managing and leading others
  • Recognise the impact of their leadership on learning and teaching, modelling, monitoring/evaluating and dialogue
  • Understand what it means to work with their local community

Please note - there is no sub cover for February 2018 Introductory Day.

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