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Leadership Development 

Regardless of the role, every member of staff has opportunities to develop leadership skills so that they have the confidence to take control and deliver initiatives that ensure students can fulfil their potential.

To be the best, we prioritise retaining the best. This is why our Leadership Development programmes cater to the specific CPD needs of current and aspiring leaders, providing progression routes from ITT through to Headship so that ambitious team members are given the right opportunities within our schools.

All programmes are reviewed annually to make sure we create challenging, practical and intellectually stimulating packages that encourage and enable staff to step up to their next leadership level.

Leadership programmes include:

  • Aspiring leader taster sessions for aspiring middle leaders
  • Bespoke middle leadership development programmes
  • Individual confidential coaching for all middle and senior leaders with an experienced former Headteacher
  • Aspiring Deputy Headteacher Programme
  • Aspiring Headteacher Programme

Each programme explores different leadership styles so participants can build confidence in their own authentic approach to leadership.

Staff also benefit from formal and informal coaching and mentoring from leaders within the Trust as well as a wider network of highly experienced and effective school leaders who work with us.

We also run Leadership programmes for other schools and offer bespoke consultancy support on leadership development. Schools interested in learning more about these services should contact Sheila Greenwood: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women’s Leadership Development Programme

Mulberry Schools Trust is committed to gender equality. Only 36% of secondary headteachers in the country are female, so we have devised a Women’s Leadership Programme to encourage and enable more to access senior leadership roles in education.

The programme’s aim is what we refer to as DICE:

  • Develop effective strategies based on a sophisticated understanding of what enables/inhibits gender equality in leadership (including pregnancy and maternity)
  • Improve gender diversity, including better BME representation, in school leadership.
  • Create a support network of like-minded women committed to gender diversity in leadership.
  • Equip participants with a deep, critical knowledge and understanding of leadership through theory and practice.

Since 2015, over 100 women have participated in the programme. If you would like to register for future cohorts, or would like us to run this programme for you or with you in your local area, please contact Sheila Greenwood: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mulberry School for Girls is also a founding member of the Leading Women’s Alliance who have co-facilitated two annual conferences for women aspiring for Headship. We continue to work towards fulfilling our pledge for greater equality and diversity in school leadership.

"A change of mind-set – I have thought more seriously about SLT and career plans for the future.”

"I have applied for a leadership role and got the job"

"An inspiring group who have helped me develop an authentic voice and vision and enabled me to understand I don’t have to ‘act like a man’ to lead. More is caught than taught – these women embody leadership"

 

Introducing our new Leadership Academy

 Mulberry Schools Trust is committed to providing high quality leadership development opportunities for our staff. Our new Leadership Academy launches in September 2019 offering colleagues a range of leadership courses and bespoke coaching designed to ensure that staff have access to and aim for, further development in their roles.

A summary of the programme that will be on offer for 2019-2020 can be found here