Professional Development for Leaders

Professional Development for Leaders will provide you with a good understanding of T Levels, so you can shape the direction of your organisation, support the wider leadership team and monitor progress and outcomes.

The programme is split into the following areas:

  • Operational Middle Leaders and Managers
  • Strategic Leaders Providing T Levels
  • Governors Providing T Levels
  • T Level Leadership Mentoring Programme

Course delivery: a mixture of online and face-to-face courses*. 

We recommend you complete the online course first to be better prepared for the face-to-face event. Although this is not mandatory, it will maximise the impact of your CPD activity.

Operational Middle Leaders and Managers

This course is suitable for staff with roles and responsibilities such as:

  • Operational middle leaders and managers whose role includes curriculum development, management and planning and those working with roles associated with employer engagement, industry placements or similar.

This course is split into two workstreams:

  • Leading and managing curriculum change for T Levels
  • Leadership and professional practice for T Level planning and implementation

1. Leading and managing curriculum change for T Levels
The course focusses on designing a T Level curriculum with intent and leading effective change. 

This course will help you to:

  • discuss the key principles of curriculum design for T Levels
  • reflect on the core components of T Levels: industry placements, employer-led projects, embedding digital and the systems and processes required
  • share approaches to work with stakeholders
  • use Teach Too principles, approaches and toolkits to frame their co-design planning and delivery.

Course delivery:

  • Online course (TLPD11): Operational Middle Leaders and Managers: Leading and Managing Curriculum Change for T Levels
    Recommended six hours of self-guided learning.
  • Face-to-face events (C1194): Operational Middle Leaders and Managers: Designing the T Level Curriculum: Theory into Practice
  • Face-to-face events (C1193): Operational Middle Leaders and Managers: Working with Employers: Co-Designing the T Level Curriculum, Putting it into Practice
  • Each workshop will last three hours. There is the option for two workshops to be facilitated flexibly within a day’s training.
  • In-house training can be facilitated for your team as a group, either face-to-face or virtually. Please contact your Area Relationship and Development Lead for more information.

For more information, please refer to our course leaflet:

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2. Leadership and professional practice for T Level planning and implementation
The course focusses on leadership theory and professional practice.

This course will help you to:

  • use a range of ‘thinking tools’
  • identify the key principles for managing a T Level ‘change’ project
  • extend your understanding of what it means to work ‘collaboratively’
  • identify and practice strategies for developing shared understanding and vocabulary when working with others.

Course delivery:

  • Online course (TLPD12): Operational Middle Leaders and Managers: Leadership and Professional Practice for T Level Planning and Implementation
    Recommended six hours of self-guided learning.
  • Face-to-face event (C1192): Operational Middle Leaders and Managers: Leading Curriculum Change for T Levels: Leadership Practice
  • Face-to-face event (C1195): Operational Middle Leaders and Managers: Working Collaboratively: Effective Leadership to Plan, Implement and Deliver T Levels
    Each workshop will last three hours. There is the option for two workshops to be facilitated flexibly within a day’s training.
  • In-house training can be facilitated for your team as a group, either face-to-face or virtually. Please contact your Area Relationship and Development Lead for more information.

For more information, please refer to our course leaflet:

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Strategic Leaders Providing T Levels

This course is suitable for:

  • CEOs, principals, headteachers
  • deputy principals, vice principals, executive directors
  • directors, heads of department, and those with strategic responsibility within their organisation.

It will help you to:

  • develop clear strategic intent through the use of business analysis to build on the understanding of external influences on T Level success factors
  • discuss the challenges of closing the T Level strategy-to-performance gap
  • create and share approaches and techniques to positively influence organisational culture to meet the demands of T Levels
  • examine and integrate effective modelling strategies to drive change to embed high-quality T Level delivery.

Course delivery:

  • Online course (TLPD09): Strategic Leaders Providing T Levels
    Recommended six hours of self-guided learning. 
  • Face-to-face* event (CO930): Strategic Leaders Providing T Levels
    Three sessions, each lasting two hours.
  • In-house training can be facilitated for your team as a group, either face-to-face or virtually Please contact your Area Relationship and Development Lead for more information

For more information, please refer to our course leaflet:

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Governors Providing T Levels

This course is suitable for:

  • governors, trustees and governance professionals who are or will be supporting leadership teams to implement T Levels.

It will help governors to:

  • have the understanding and tools required to shape the direction of your organisation in order to carry out effective T Level planning and delivery.
  • develop a framework to help support the implementation of T Levels through educational performance and good financial management.
  • raise awareness of stakeholder management and workforce planning opportunities for T Level implementation
  • assess the effectiveness of organisational change and the financial challenges and pressures of T Levels.

Course delivery:

  • Online course (TLPD10): Governors Providing T Levels
    Recommended six hours of self-guided learning. 
  • Face-to-face event (C0932): Governors Providing T Levels
    Three sessions, each lasting two hours. 
  • In-house training can be facilitated for your team as a group, either face-to-face or virtually. Please contact your Area Relationship and Development Lead for more information.

For more information, please refer to our course leaflet:

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T Level Leadership Mentoring Programme

This course is suitable for:

  • Staff who are delivering, or will be delivering, T Levels in middle-manager* positions.

*You may or may not have formal line management responsibility but you may be involved with the management of T Level delivery, for example team or subject leadership, curriculum or assessment planning, the organisation of teaching or placements, recruitment or support and guidance.

Regardless of role, it is essential that you are keen to embrace a mentoring mindset and are willing to engage with approaches based on self-reflection.

 

It will help you to: 

  • learn from and be supported by a specialist mentor, who can help you develop in your role and contribute towards the successful delivery of T Levels 
  • grow your leadership and management skills through coaching and reflection 
  • explore your motivations, strengths and areas for development in relation to your T Level delivery 
  • develop and apply your knowledge and understanding of mentoring and coaching to support others.
     

Course delivery: 

  • Online course (code): T Level Leadership Mentoring Programme 
    Recommended four hours of self-guided learning. 
  • Virtual meetings
    Up to six, one-hour sessions, taking place approximately every three weeks. 
  • Reflection and additional reading/research time. 

There will be up to 12 hours (the equivalent of 1.5 working days) of remission to support and enable participation in this programme. Remission is only available in blocks of 4, 8, or 12 (each equivalent to a half day) as each mentoring session must be accompanied by the reflective practice to qualify as completed. 

See our useful graphic to understand the distinction between the different mentoring support available for practitioners in the Further Education sector.

Look at our mentee flyer for more information on the programme.

Apply to be a mentee:

To apply, create a profile or log in to the T Level Professional Development Platform. Please note the online course will only be accessible to successful applicants, who will be sent a private link.


Sector mentors:

A small number of sector mentors will be recruited to support the programme as it develops. Please see here for more information.

 

How to book

To access the Leadership courses and events, create a profile or log in to the T Level Professional Development Platform. If the link does not take you directly to the Leadership section, you can also click onto the Resources tab and search the relevant course codes, via the filter bar on the right-hand side.

*Please note where events cannot run face-to-face due to local or national Covid-19 government guidance, they will be delivered as live online events.