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What is Leading by Learning?

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Date published 21 November 2022

From 2023, Ambition Institute will be partnering with Evaluation Associates and Viviane Robinson Consulting, as we launch the new Leading by Learning programme.

How do you approach the big challenges facing your setting? Do you find it difficult to move forward through seemingly impossible situations? With Leading by Learning you can develop effective skills to tackle knotty problems so that you can maximise positive outcomes for your pupils.

Throughout leadership, school leaders will encounter persistent problems that they need to work with to be effective. These challenges include variation in quality of teaching and leadership, difficulty building trust, and considering the best evidence in supporting staff and students in your context.

Providing the theory and practice of instructional leadership, the Leading by Learning course will equip leaders with the tools they need to make significant progress on the challenges specific to their context, while building a collaborative culture across your school or trust.

Participants will be challenged to practice and reflect on effective conversations, while learning new ways to work collaboratively as a team. This will allow them to be more effective in problem-solving conversations and make greater progress in tackling the tricky problems of school leadership.

The programme will also look at what leaders may need to unlearn and re-learn, and how they think and act in situations they find challenging – in turn, reducing the number of ‘hard-to-discuss’ issues by building trust.

Leading by Learning is expertly designed by educational leadership consultant Jacqui Patuawa and Viviane Robinson; a leading expert in educational leadership and school improvement.

What does the new programme contain?

  • Two-day course, face-to-face with Leading By Learning experts.
  • Contextualised problem-solving.
  • Time to focus on why we think what we think, and why we do what we do.
  • Insights into personal motivations and the impact that these have.
  • Practical ways to have learning-focused conversations.
  • Knowledge of theory and practice underpinning Leading by Learning.
  • A focus on school improvement and building your leadership capability.
  • Access to the Leading by Learning Online Hub, where you can:
    - Attend exclusive webinars hosted by Viviane, Jacqui and members of the Leading by Learning team.
    - Access readings, videos, exemplars, and short courses to improve your use of Leading by Learning.
    - Participate in exclusive learning opportunities, including online courses.

How much does it cost?

New to schools across England, this leadership programme is available to school or trust leaders for the subsidised price of £1,500 per person.

Am I eligible?

The Leading by Learning programme is for system leaders and members of senior leadership teams.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

How do I apply?

Nominations are now closed for the first cohort of Leading by Learning.

To learn more about other Ambition programmes, click here.

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