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School Development Service

Leadership and Management


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Senior Leadership Pathways

The Senior Pathways Programme has been amended for the year 2018/19. A small number of priority schools will be offered places on this amended course. Should additional funding become available the programme may be widened out to involve a greater number of schools.  Enquires email

This programme is designed to support senior leaders develop the skills and attributes required to bring about improvement in school.

'Effective Leadership is not just a job; it is a complex interaction between a range of personal and professional qualities and experiences'.(Leadership development and Personal Effectiveness', National College November 2004.)

Research indicates that leadership is second only to teaching in terms of its impact on learning and that the impact of leadership is greatest in those contexts where the learning needs of pupils are greatest. (Seven strong claims about successful leadership’ National College for School Leadership (NCSL).

Our Senior Leadership Pathways programme is designed to support your personal and professional learning and to be a resource for leadership development. It is designed to stimulate reflection, dialogue and future action by school leaders.

Course Outline


Senior Pathways is delivered over



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, Self appraisal and learning styles inventory as well as learning through the experiences undertaken. Particpants will also have  access to online resources and support.

Course Content/Themes

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

Course Objectives

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will;


Please note - there is no subcover for any part of this programme.