Are you optimising the talent of your middle leaders?

Explore the characteristics and behaviours of strong middle leaders, by looking at how efficient leaders behave and use their time, and by undertaking effective self-evaluation. This course aims to develop middle leaders’ ability to improve the quality of teaching, support them to hold team members to account, and give them the tools to plan for and embed positive change.

This course was developed in partnership with George Abbot Teaching School.



This training course is suitable for middle leaders from early years to secondary education, and is ideally delivered by a member of the senior leadership team. 

It consists of four 90 minute sessions that can be easily adapted to your timings and staff needs. 


Sessions in detail

Session 1 - Leadership, management and the leadership transition 


  • Reflect on current leadership behaviours
  • Explore the difference between leadership and management
  • Review these differences in terms of middle leadership roles
  • Consider some of the challenges of middle leadership
  • Explore the key characteristics of effective leadership

    Session 2 - Evaluating your area of responsibility 


    • Focus on the school improvement cycle and evaluation
    • Develop an understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
    • Consider the evaluation activities and types of evidence used to underpin judgements

    Session 3 - Developing teaching and learning 


    • Accurately assess the quality of learning in a lesson
    • Lead feedback discussions with a teacher clearly and precisely in order to improve practice
    • Prepare for and hold difficult conversations with colleagues about their performance

    Session 4 - Planning for improvement 

    • Research the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Teaching and Learning Toolkit about what works in schools
    • Consider approaches to effective improvement planning
    • Explore models for delivering effective change projects

    How it works

    We've created The Key CPD Toolkit to take the time, cost and effort out of developing your own training.

    "The Key CPD Toolkit is both evidence-based and practical. It will make a real difference to effective learning in classrooms."    Fintan O’Regan, content partner

    Using our training is simple:

    1. Download the materials, created with subject specialists, and quality assured for your peace of mind

    2. Quickly adapt the resources to meet the needs of your school 

    3. Deliver engaging training, with the support of comprehensive facilitator guidance

    4. Evaluate the impact of your training to identify areas where staff need further support