Deputy Heads: Building Capacity | Lighthouse Professional Development

Deputy Heads: Building Capacity

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Effective Senior Leaders are vital to the success of school, directly impacting on the quality of leadership in departments and on learning in the classroom. Not only do they need to be excellent in initiating, devising and managing systems; they need to be able to motivate and inspire their colleagues to share and deliver the school’s vision.

This intense, interactive course will develop the skills and confidence of your senior leaders, with practical techniques and strategies for the more challenging aspects of the job, such as addressing underperformance, managing challenging colleagues, coaching, motivation and developing capacity in your teams.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is aimed at those who aspire to a senior leadership role, whether as assistant or deputy heads; those who have been recently appointed and experienced senior leaders in both primary and secondary sectors who would like to refresh their skills.

What will you learn?

Skills and confidence in key aspects of leadership, from performance management and delegation to addressing challenging issues of underperformance and resistance to change 

Delegates will:

Practice techniques for ‘courageous conversations’

Consider an effective philosophy of data

Learn how to give clear feedback and negotiate meaningful targets

Consider how to establish a motivational and robust culture of performance management

Explore the place of coaching in building capacity

Consider how to establish a positive culture in their schools.



9:30Arrival, registration and coffee12:30Restaurant Lunch

Leadership, Management Styles and Delegation

13:30Addressing Underperformance, Conflict Management and the transition from formal to informal procedures
11:15Coffee15.45Evaluation and close of course
11:30Performance Management: Culture, Target Setting and Coaching  

Edward G

Edward is a former headteacher with 25 years’ teaching experience.  He has since specialised in all aspects of school leadership, change and conflict management as an independent consultant leading courses and consultancy on team building, middle leadership, change management, difficult conversations and coaching; all clearly focused on improving school effectiveness. Edward’s books ‘Tackling Underperformance’ and ‘Successful Middle Leadership’ were published in 2012 and 2013.


In 2014 he sailed over 26,000nm in the Clipper Round the World yacht race and had the chance to experience the comparisons between ocean yacht racing leadership and school leadership.

Suitable for: 
Preparatory/Primary, Senior/Secondary, Special Schools, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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