Our aim is to identify the best leadership talent within and beyond our partnership, working closely with colleagues in the Diocese of Exeter and local authorities. We gather and coordinate information through audits of leadership potential, in order to provide training that meets the future leadership needs of schools in the partnership and other schools.

Future leaders receive mentoring and coaching from more experienced colleagues to enable them to develop their leadership skills in their schools and across the partnership.

We encourage future leaders to participate in the leadership programmes provided by Leading Schools South West (LSSW) on behalf of the National College for Teaching & Leadership.

DLP 2016

Diversity in Leadership Programme 2015 – 16

We have been awarded funding to support the development of under represented leaders across schools in the South West. Evidence shows that there are enduring diversity challenges within the school leadership workforce:

Just 2.9% of heads and just 5.1% of deputy and assistants heads are from a BME background, compared with 7.2% of the teaching population.

66% of heads are females while 75% of teachers are women.

The aim of the funding is to address the under-representation of BME and female leaders in the school workforce.

  • Are you considering a next step leadership promotion, from middle to senior leadership?
  • Are you a subject leader, phase leader or Assistant Head looking for the next development in your career within your own school, or beyond?
  • Are you able to improve pupil outcomes and lead the raising of achievement for all?
  • Are you passionate about learning and developing your leadership skills?

Through a blended approach to learning, the Diversity In Leadership Programme aims to support the next generation of middle and senior leaders on their leadership journey and to securing a post in next 12 – 18 months. We are also offering grants of up to £700 to support personalised learning and development.

The programme and grant will support your leadership development through a self-directed school improvement project. The programme runs from January to June 2016 and will involve 5 – 6 half day face-to-face sessions, which include a visit to an outstanding school led by an inspirational leader.

To qualify to apply for the programme you must be:

  • A middle or senior leader aiming to take a next step promotion in the next 12 – 18 months – this could include a post within your own school
  • Represent at least one of the priority protected groups: BME, female or disability
  • Commit to full participation in the programme
  • Be in a position to lead a school improvement priority
  • Have full support of your Head

This programme finished in June 2016.