Leading by Learning

This programme teaches school leaders ways of communicating at all levels to maximise positive outcomes for pupils.

  • Led by Professor Viviane Robinson
  • Be more effective with problem solving
  • Work more collaboratively to tackle persistent problems
  • Build a team confident in approaching difficult conversations
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Why us?

Led by Professor Viviane Robinson and Jacqui Patuawa, Leading by Learning is an internationally successful development programme. We’re proud to be working with Viviane Robinson Consulting to offer this exciting opportunity to school leaders across England.

Leading by Learning provides a theory and practice of instructional leadership that enables them to make significant progress on the problems of practice that prevent them or their colleagues from achieving improvement goals.

The programme can be blended into your wider school improvement and CPD programme to support the overall effectiveness of professional development across your school or trust.

Benefits for you

Benefits for you

  • Develop the skills required for more effective communication and collaboration.
  • Learn, unlearn and re-learn how you think and act in challenging leadership situations.
  • Build trust across the team to tackle the knotty problems of school leadership.

Benefits for your school

Benefits for your school

  • Increase collaboration between teams in your school or trust for better relationships and approaches to problem solving.
  • Increase staff motivation and wellbeing.
  • Increase the opportunity for positive outcomes for pupils across your school or trust.


This course will teach you how to build a collaborative culture across your school or trust, to effectively tackle problems directly relating to your context.

What you’ll learn:

  • Problem-solving skills directly related to your school or trust context.
  • Insights into personal motivations and drivers and the impact of these on those you lead.
  • How to have learning-focused conversations.
  • Increase your knowledge of the theory and practice that underpins the programme.
  • Building your leadership capacity to focus more effectively on school improvement.

How you’ll learn:

  • 2 full-day conferences in January 2023.
  • 12 months of access to an online learning platform, and self-study materials, including short courses, readings, videos and exemplars.
  • Virtual twilights later in the programme (exact number and details tbc).
  • Access to exclusive webinars hosted by Professor Viviane Robinson and her team.


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

Applications for our first cohort are now closed.


Nominations are now closed for the first cohort of Leading by Learning. The programme was available for non-independent school senior and system leaders in England.