Understanding the Professional Standards: Senior Leaders

Senior leadership

As a senior leader in the FE and Training sector, you may be responsible for a discrete function such as teaching and learning, finance, human resources or business development, but you will need to understand all of the functions to help shape and drive your organisation’s vision, strategy and performance as a whole. The Professional Standards for Senior Leaders will help you to gain this broad-based perspective and appreciate the values, knowledge and skills which may be expected at this level.

Case studies

The Standards should be self-explanatory, but it is helpful to have illustrations of what success looks like. With this in mind, you can access case studies below which show examples of how senior leaders in the sector have adopted the Professional Standards for their own and their organisation’s benefit.

Case studies will be coming soon.

Skills analysis tool

Assessing your current skills and knowledge can help inform your future development and training. A skills analysis tool based on the National Framework for Leadership Excellence has been developed to help you with this process of reflection.

The Framework is composed of two parts. The first part sets out the Professional Standards for Senior Leaders in Further Education and Training. The skills analysis tool will ask you an initial set of questions based on these Standards to provide you with an indication of your strengths and areas for future development.

The second part is focused on ‘Developing Excellence’, which identifies eight key dimensions for further professional development as part of the journey to excellent practice. The skills analysis tool for senior leaders links these two levels by providing you with feedback which aligns to the eight dimensions. You will choose which are your key priorities and can access supporting resources to enable you to achieve the required Standard. You can also identify areas for further development towards excellence.

Access the skills analysis tool on the ETF’s Professional Development Platform.

This section is part of Professional Standards