Leadership and Management

Development for boards

This has been funded by the Department for Education through the National Governance Association. It is fully-funded for schools in Doncaster Opportunity Area who are Ofsted rated ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’.

This is a bespoke programme aimed at those who are governing in complex circumstances. The chair or future chair of the board will join a development programme for chairs, and will work closely with a consultant analysing an online board self-evaluation. The results of this will inform an action plan for the governing board’s development. In addition, the consultant will engage with the whole board and senior leaders so that any further support, including coaching, mentoring and subject specific training needs can be identified and provided.

For more information and to register visit here.

Development for chairs of governing bodies

This has been funded by the Department for Education through the National Governance Association. It is fully-funded for schools in the Doncaster Opportunity Area.

This is a development programme focusing on leadership skills and confident governance. For more information visit here.

Inspiring Governance

Inspiring Governance connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as school governors and trustees with schools in England. It also provides free, expert support for volunteers and governing bodies, as well as for employers wanting to run programmes for their staff serving as school governors.

This is supported and funded by the Department for Education.

Find out more on volunteering to be a school governor or trustee here.

Find school governors or trustees here.

Ambition School Leadership

This offer is fully-funded for eligible schools in Doncaster as part of the Department for Education’s Teaching Leadership and Innovation Fund (TLIF).

Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders are intensive, two-year leadership development programmes aimed at high potential middle and senior leaders from challenging schools. Teaching Leaders provides high potential middle leaders with training and coaching to develop in their current jobs, raise attainment within their schools and develop their potential for senior leadership. The programme is suitable for middle leaders (e.g. heads of department, heads of year and those in whole-school middle leadership roles) who are focused on improving pupil outcomes and increasing their impact as a leader. Drawing on sector-led expertise, the programme has a core curriculum focused on leading teaching.Future Leaders provides high potential senior leaders with training, coaching and mentoring to develop the skills needed for headship in challenging schools. Future Leaders is suitable for senior leaders (e.g. deputy headteacher or equivalent in secondary schools; deputy and assistant headteachers in primary schools) with the potential to take up a headship position in a challenging school within two to three years of joining the programme. Alongside a blend of face-to-face delivery and online learning, leaders on both programmes are required to undertake an extended, school-based improvement initiative and are expected to make a measurable impact to improve pupil achievement and build leadership capacity and capability in their school.

Teach First

This offer is fully-funded for eligible schools in Doncaster as part of the Department for Education’s Teaching Leadership and Innovation Fund (TLIF).

Leading Together is a two-year school improvement and professional development programme providing bespoke support for a school’s entire Senior Leadership Team. The programme works to support a school’s own improvement journey by building leadership capacity across the team and beyond. It uses a range of methods including coaching, staff development, learning modules and specialist support to accelerate school improvement and build an environment where pupils and staff thrive. Please visit our site for more information or contact leadingtogether@teachfirst.org.uk.

Challenge Partners

We have funded the development of a Challenge Partners hub in Doncaster. The goal of Challenge Partners is to reduce the educational inequality and improve the life chances of all children. Through collaboration, challenge and professional development they are working to ensure every school community can benefit from the combined wisdom of the whole system.

This is a great opportunity for schools to access networks of expert professionals, events, knowledge sharing and a rigorous annual school review from partners in the network.

You can find out more on Challenge Partners here.