Bright Futures Leadership Conference (TUESDAY 5TH JULY)

We’re delighted to introduce Bright Futures inaugural Leadership Conference.  The theme of our Conference is ‘Winning, being better today than yesterday’.  We have a number of highly respected key note speakers confirmed.  They will each be exploring the theme of ‘Winning’ from the world of education and beyond to challenge our thinking and explore how collaboration, motivation and creativity can bring us and our school communities to a point of ‘Winning’.  It is no coincidence that our conference will take place on the eve of UEFA Women’s Euros 2022, hosts England kick off the first match at Old Trafford.  After the huge excitement of last year’s UEFA Men’s Euros, we can think of no better opportunity to be exploring ‘Winning’!

With Keynotes from:

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Reformed NPQ courses

From September 2021, a reformed suite of NPQs will be available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice. These reforms include:

  • reforming the 3 existing NPQs in senior leadership, headship and executive leadership
  • replacing the current NPQ in middle leadership with 3 new NPQs for teachers and leaders who want to develop their expertise in specialist areas of teaching practice

To find out more about NPQs please click here to be directed to the Teaching School Hub area of the website.

Women Leading in Education events

We are really excited to be able to share with you that our Teaching School has successfully got through a bidding process to become a regional WLE Hub.  Leading the Hub network will be Lisa Fathers (our Director of Teaching School) and Melanie Wicks Headteacher at Wellacre Academy (partner school in our TSA).

Our aims are :

  • Raise the profile and importance of supporting women with their career within education
  • Identify and support more women with their career progression into leadership
  • Create local, regional and national networking opportunities to share experiences, such as job sharing and flexible working
  • Create the potential for development through coaching, mentoring and group discussions to raise aspirations
  • Challenge myths and self-limiting beliefs
  • Take an active role in supporting the Coaching Pledge
  • Work with other providers e.g. WomenEd to maximize opportunities for women

Events for 2020/2021 have now finished.  Keep checking back for events running in 2021/2022

Leadership Residencies

This programme is open to senior leaders, inclusive of support/non-teaching staff with senior responsibilities and aims to provide an opportunity to collaborate with another school, in order to develop essential leadership skills.

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The programme runs from January to July and over that time, participants will have an opportunity to reflect upon their strengths as a leader and areas for development. The programme involves a 360 self-evaluation, coaching sessions, leadership training, completion of a reflective journal and a 3-5 day residency during the summer term.

The core aims are to:

  • have an opportunity to experience day to day life in another senior leadership team in a different type of school and broaden your experience
  • benefit from the experience and expertise of a different Headteacher and provide a new perspective
  • explore what is meant by effective leadership
  • understand the purpose of the residency and reflect upon the residency on completion
  • understand how to use your leadership capability in a new and different context
  • reflect on key leadership behaviours of highly effective leaders, both those leading teaching staff and support/non-teaching staff
  • develop your leadership expertise and practise skills through undertaking a strategic leadership task within the placement school


 

Coaching Phase 3 – Higher Level

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This programme is the third of our trilogy and is aimed at those who have completed both Part 1 Foundation and Part 2 Coaching in Context Programmes and wish to apply their coaching skills and knowledge to strategic leadership.

Coaching is one of the key ways to promote better levels of organisational effectiveness within schools. It can increase confidence, motivate staff and develop core leadership skills. It is open to all staff working within an educational establishment.

The programme helps you, as a senior leader, to work with the ‘bigger picture’, to understand the nature of culture and to learn the personal leadership skills necessary to bring about cultural shifts in a learning organisation. The programme is also appropriate for those seeking to specialise in coaching and take a leading role in its development.

The programme runs over three full day sessions and is delivered by an external consultant, Dr Paul Simmons.  The Alliance for Learning have been working with Paul since 2011 and really value our partnership.  Paul is an experienced, Executive Coach and member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Over a number of years at the University of Manchester, he led on the research and development of coaching for leading in education. Most of his work now is with schools and colleges, helping to develop coaching expertise and culture. Paul has worked as a teacher, governor, examiner, county advisor and Registered Inspector of Schools.

Programme structure

The programme runs over three full day sessions.  It is delivered by an external consultant, Dr Paul Simmons, a leading coaching practitioner and facilitator.

This course forms part of our coaching pathway – a trilogy of courses that can be accessed in the following order:

  • Phase 1 – Foundation Coaching
  • Phase 2 – Coaching in Context
  • Phase 3 – Higher Level Coaching

Course aims

Part 3 focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding for:

  • energising organisational culture and learning
  • working with the ethics of performance stimulating reflective practice and enquiry
  • Nurturing group and team communication
  • Improving network capability

What does it involve?

The approach taken involves collaborative enquiry into transactional and transformational cultures. Participants are offered guided and personal skills development and taught how to handle specialised and integrative experiences of learning. There is the opportunity to explore group and team coaching strategies for organisations. Further development of personal coaching skills is integrated into the work of the group.

More information….

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Coaching Phase 1 – Foundation

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A programme for those who are seeking to develop their expertise and experience in coaching within a small group environment.

Coaching is one of the key ways to promote better levels of organisational effectiveness within schools. It can increase confidence, motivate staff and develop core leadership skills. It is open to all staff working within an educational establishment.

The programme runs over three full day sessions and is delivered by an external consultant, Dr Paul Simmons.  The Alliance for Learning have been working with Paul since 2011 and really value our partnership.  Paul is an experienced, Executive Coach and member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Over a number of years at the University of Manchester, he led on the research and development of coaching for leading in education. Most of his work now is with schools and colleges, helping to develop coaching expertise and culture. Paul has worked as a teacher, governor, examiner, county advisor and Registered Inspector of Schools.

Programme structure

The programme runs over three full day sessions.  It is delivered by an external consultant, Dr Paul Simmons, a leading coaching practitioner and facilitator.

This course forms part of our coaching pathway – a trilogy of courses that can be accessed in the following order:

  • Phase 1 – Foundation Coaching
  • Phase 2 – Coaching in Context
  • Phase 3 – Higher Level Coaching

Course aims

Part 1 focuses on specific outcomes in terms of your skills, knowledge and understanding:

  • being able to work with a range of Coaching styles and approaches for different purposes
  • understanding the place of emotional intelligence in the human interactions and processes of the workplace
  • being able to improve such processes
  • being able to help with the performance, learning and development of others
  • being able to apply highly-developed skills of listening, attending, enabling and challenging
  • developing professional reflection, learning and enquiry

What does it involve?

The coaching training involves individual, partner and group working on coaching theory and models. Participants are offered guided and structured coaching skills development in small groups and are given first-hand experience of working with a coach. Opportunities are provided for developing observation and feedback skills, and reflective practice is encouraged.

More information….


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Coaching Phase 2 – Coaching In Context

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This programme is the second of our trilogy and is aimed at those who have completed Part 1 Foundation Coaching Programme and now wish to develop a personal style and confidence in coaching, particularly in a leadership role.

Coaching is one of the key ways to promote better levels of organisational effectiveness within schools. It can increase confidence, motivate staff and develop core leadership skills. It is open to all staff working within an educational establishment.

The programme runs over three full day sessions and is delivered by an external consultant, Dr Paul Simmons.  The Alliance for Learning have been working with Paul since 2011 and really value our partnership.  Paul is an experienced, Executive Coach and member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Over a number of years at the University of Manchester, he led on the research and development of coaching for leading in education. Most of his work now is with schools and colleges, helping to develop coaching expertise and culture. Paul has worked as a teacher, governor, examiner, county advisor and Registered Inspector of Schools.

Programme structure

The programme runs over three full day sessions. It is delivered by an external consultant, Dr Paul Simmons, a leading coaching practitioner and facilitator.

This course forms part of our coaching pathway – a trilogy of courses that can be accessed in the following order:

  • Phase 1 – Foundation Coaching
  • Phase 2 – Coaching in Context
  • Phase 3 – Higher Level Coaching

Course Aims

Part 2 focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding for:

  • Establishing sound contracting arrangements appropriate to context and purpose
  • Coaching in a leadership role for learning, performance and accountability attending to the ethics and boundaries of coaching
  • Reflecting on and critiquing your own coaching practice
  • Contributing to team and organisational learning in this field.

What does it involve?

The coaching gives attention to the development of personal, values-based practice. Participants are offered guided and structured skills development on coaching for specific roles and purposes. Opportunities are provided for extended working on observation and feedback, and reflective practice is encouraged.

More information….

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Alliance for Learning
Cavendish Road, Bowdon
Altrincham WA14 2NL
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