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Bespoke leadership development opportunities

Bespoke leadership development opportunities


Every year we design and deliver development opportunities to meet the needs of our schools and the interests of our colleagues.

In addition to the other programmes you can see on our website, we are offering the following:

Difficult conversations training

Appropriate for: line managers, mentors, coaches at any stage of their career.

No conversation is the same! The session aims not only to provide you with the answers, but equip you with a better toolkit


  • To engage with appropriate research, models and approaches which enable productive, professional conversations.
  • To reflect on your current practice and consider how you can use your learning from the session to have better conversations.
  • To share best practice.
  • To engage with the Teachers Standards and other relevant policy to ensure all conversations are purposeful and ultimately lead to improved progress for pupils.

The sessions will be facilitated by Headteachers and Senior colleagues from the Trust.

When: 1 twilight during Spring and Summer terms.

How to apply:

  1. Contact development@hslt.academy to express your interest and find out more.
  2. Let you headteacher/line manager know.
  3. Find out more here and then complete our sign up form 

Applying for Middle Leader and Senior Leader roles

Appropriate for: colleagues interested in, or actively seeking, a middle leader or senior leader role within or outside of the Trust.

The sessions will be delivered by existing Headteachers and Senior Leaders. It will include a combination of:

  • information sharing about the assessment and recruitment process based on research and good practice.
  • opportunities to hear from current Middle, Senior and Executive Leaders about what they are looking for during the assessment process.
  • top tips and practical examples at each stage of the process.
  • practice interview questions.
  • practical opportunities to share your answers to interview questions with a panel of leaders and receive feedback on these in a safe, professional environment.
  • hearing from colleagues about their own experience and considering how this could support you
  • reflection opportunities for you to consider when might be the next career step and actions to support this.

When: three twilights during Spring and Summer terms.

How to apply:

  1. Contact development@hslt.academy to express your interest and find out more
  2. Let you headteacher/line manager know
  3. Find out more here and then complete our sign up form 

Participant quotes

The difficult conversations training was really helpful. It helped us to have  conversations that are clearer and more focused. This will ultimately have a positive outcome for the students we teach.

Adam Metcalfe
2iC English, Manor CE Academy

The opportunity to discuss something that you want to improve with colleagues facing similar challenges in different schools is beneficial.

I feel more confident following this CPD. I’d recommend similar sessions because the environment was both supportive and confidential.

Fay Askham
Head of History, Vale of York Academy