OTSA Exploring Leadership Programme

OTSA Exploring Leadership Programme

Date(s) - 25/11/2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


£150 plus VAT

This programme is aimed at early career teachers, people who have completed their NQT year and who have limited or no leadership responsibility yet, who have demonstrated that they are effective classroom practitioners, with a high commitment to professional learning. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of effective leadership, a greater awareness of their own leadership strengths and areas for development, and identify their next steps in pursuing leadership opportunities and further professional learning within their schools.

Programme Outline:

Session 1: What is Leadership?

Consideration of aspects of management and leadership. Participants will consider aspects of leadership they already have in leading learning. Case studies of effective leaders to draw out the underlying principles of effective leadership will be used.

Session 2: Self Awareness

Review outcomes from a 360 diagnostic leadership survey, carried out previously, followed by exploration of conscious leadership.

Session 3: Building Relationships

The importance of positive relationships for effective leadership. There will be opportunities to consider frameworks for effective conversations, enrolling staff in shared visions and modelling positive behaviours.

Session 4: Managing the Demands of Leadership

Presentation and discussion of a toolkit for supporting teachers in managing the demands of leadership role, whilst maintaining the quality of their teaching.

Session 5: Reflections and Next Steps

Participants will present their reflections on leadership and the impact this has had on their own professional development. They will provide a plan for their next steps for their continuing professional learning.

Additional Elements:

  • Leadership self-analysis
  • Shadowing of a middle leader within their own school
  • Visit to another school to see leadership in a different context (the visit may be virtual)
  • Completion of a planning and reflection document, followed by final presentation of findings.

Participants will be expected to actively participate in all virtual sessions and complete inter-sessional tasks. Successful completion of the programme will be recognised through the award of an OTSA Exploring Leadership Programme certificate.

Online Programme dates:

  • Session 1: 25 November 2021
  • Session 2: 13 January 2022
  • Session 3: 24 March 2022
  • Session 4: 12 May 2022
  • Session 5: (Part (a) and (b)): 21st & 23rd June 2022

All sessions will run as virtual twilights from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Accessing the online event

A minimum of 48 hours before the commencement of the programme, you will receive an email from the OTSA CPD team containing a link to the online event. This link must not be shared with other people.

Please test the link the day before the event to make sure you can connect. If you need help please email info@otsa.org.uk or call 01235 856500 in good time before the event begins. We will be unable to help during the event itself.

Participation in the online event

Our online events aim to be interactive and you will be expected to have your camera and microphone on, although your microphone should be muted. We may use ‘Raised Hands’, ‘Reactions’, ‘Chat’, ‘Polls’, shared whiteboards and shared screens during the session. We may also use ‘Breakout Rooms’ to allow you to work in a smaller group.

This event will not be recorded for copyright and privacy reasons.

Cost includes VAT which may be recovered by schools

£150 plus VAT

The event cost is inclusive of applicable VAT. Schools should be able to recover VAT from HMRC so the cost to your school should be the pre-VAT figure. If in doubt, please check with your finance manager.


Payment is required at the time of booking by credit card, debit card or Paypal. A VAT invoice will be sent to you automatically by email.


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No refunds will be given with less than 30 days notice.

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