Tailored Provision

We offer a range of tailored provision, individually designed to meet the needs of your school. Please see below for details of previous programmes we have designed and facilitated across the East of England.

Created by leading professionals with senior pastoral experience, this intensive and fast moving one-day course prepares and supports new and potential pastoral leaders, who may or may not be teachers, for the complex and diverse challenges that face them in both primary and secondary schools. It also acts as a comprehensive development activity for those already working in this field.

How will I benefit?

Participants will have access in advance of the course to valuable online resources through our Learning Management System, with further resources made available on the day.
This programme gives you the opportunity to:
  • Explore how to support vulnerable young people and their families in more effective ways whilst improving your own practice and learning;
  • Understand and meet the requirements to attain an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement;
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and protocols necessary for successful pastoral intervention and support;
  • Become more confident and experienced in responding to a wide range of challenging issues;

Course Content

This is a practical and interactive course which explores such topics as:
  • The characteristics of outstanding pastoral leadership;
  • The art of developing team cohesion;
  • Flexible leadership styles;
  • Discussing real-life scenarios;
  • Monitoring and tracking of student performance;
  • Managing inappropriate behaviour;
  • Dealing with conflict;
  • Supporting students with mental health issues;
  • Prevent Duty;

Course Outcomes

The Becoming an Outstanding Leader course will provide you with:
  • A clear understanding of what ‘Outstanding’ leadership of a pastoral team looks like and the next steps required to move towards it;
  • Increased confidence required to respond to a diverse range of challenging pastoral situations;
  • Enhanced understanding of the principles of successful behaviour management at senior level;
  • Clarity as to the contribution that pastoral teams can make in monitoring the academic performance of young people towards higher achievement;
  • The relevant resources and exemplars that have been judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’;
  • The tools to help young people and their families feel supported through difficult and challenging times;

Facilitator – Richard Brown

We are delighted to welcome Richard Brown as the facilitator on this course. With 18 years of senior leadership experience behind him, including two headship posts, Richard is well placed to lead the Becoming an Outstanding Pastoral Leader course. His pastoral experience is extensive; having previously held positions as Head of Year, Head of Key Stage, Director of Sixth Form, and Pastoral Deputy.
Richard’s training portfolio is equally broad. A facilitator and mentor on all 3 Leadership Curriculum programmes; NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH, he also presents at conferences, delivering keynotes and running workshop sessions. Involvement in supporting schools in Special Measures with intervention programmes together with writing and delivering bespoke programmes for leadership teams completes a diverse educational training background.
The Primary Deputy and Assistant Headteacher Induction Programme is ideal if you are a Deputy or Assistant Headteacher in your first or second year of senior leadership in a primary setting. This formal induction process for those who are new to Deputy or Assistant Headship, supports your leadership development within the context of your school, and the drive for continuous school improvement.


Day 1 – Becoming an effective leader:
  • Developing your school culture
  • What type of leader are you?
  • The characteristics of effective leaders
Day 2 – Working with your teams:
  • How senior teams work together
  • The roles and responsibilities of senior leadership
  • How you can build effective teams
Day 3 – How good is my school and how can we improve?
  • How to determine how good your school is and help you identify this at the current time
  • Input on school self-evaluation, driving school improvement and ‘simplexity’ planning
  • Looking at the national self-improving schools agenda

Benefit to You

  • Develop and deepen your leadership skills and capacity.
  • You can become an effective and reflective leader.
  • You can support your schools’ improvement agenda through developing your own leadership skills.
  • Increase your confidence to help you achieve positive results across a range of priorities and tasks.
  • Deepen your understanding of the characteristics of effective leaders, and their own leadership traits, while studying a range of leadership styles, discussing how to develop and best utilise these.

Benefit to your Organisation

  • Staff leadership skills are a vital addition to a schools’ improvement agenda.
  • Development of school culture.
  • Development of effective teams within the school.
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