We are committed to being a school led provider of leadership development that supports aspiring and existing school leaders in the leadership of learning. This was recognised as a strength during our recent Ofsted inspection, whereby inspectors commented,
'Brookhouse is an outward-looking school. You work well in collaboration with other local schools, and your partnership with a local university has created many professional development opportunities for staff from your school and other schools in the neighbourhood. This further adds to the school’s strong capacity for continued improvement.' (Ofsted 2017)
Over the past three years, our Leadership Academy has supported the development of school leaders through both the National College’s programme for leadership, as well as hosting leadership development in partnership with the Primary Science Quality Mark and the mandatory SENDco award. Our training and facilitation involves Head Teachers, Aspirant Head teachers, Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders, new Leaders and Governors – all of whom have participated in our leadership programmes.
As a school-based provider of leadership development, our aim is to ensure that all participants of our leadership programmes receive personalised, high quality facilitation. Our ultimate aim is to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to secure your success as a talented leader delivering educational excellence in a self – improving system.
Our training programmes are developed in conjunction with high-quality educational research, delivered by school leaders (facilitators) that have a track record of high quality, impact driven professional development.
Haroon Asghar, Lead Facilitator of leadership development
Haroon Asghar is a well-seasoned teacher and senior leader, with experience of delivering high impact improvements to teaching and learning across the Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 & 2. As a serving deputy headteacher in a mainstream primary school, he is frequently involved in the professional development of teachers and support staff, leading courses, conferences and workshops on a national level. With a key interest in research-based practice, Haroon possesses an MA in Educational Leadership and a specialism in leadership development. Haroon has been a lead facilitator for the delivery of the National College's NPQ programme of qualifications for several years.
Debbie Withey, Lead Facilitator of leadership development
Debbie Withey is an experienced Head Teacher with a wealth of experience in school improvement and leadership development at all levels of the teaching profession. She is passionate about supporting schools to deliver excellence in teaching and learning and is currently involved in a two year programme to develop her expertise as an executive Head Teacher. Having completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship programme several years ago, Debbie has an in depth understanding of the need to develop leadership capacity to secure positive outcomes and, along with the senior leaders at her school, ensures this practice is modelled at all times. Debbie has been a lead facilitator for the delivery of the National College’s NPQ programmes for three years and as such, has contributed towards the development of scores of middle / senior leaders across the North West.
Lisa Banks, Co-facilitator of leadership development
As Assistant Headteacher in a mainstream primary school, Lisa is involved in delivering high impact improvements across school. She recognises the key role leadership plays in supporting the school ethos and is committed to creating a positive environment where everyone feels valued and inspired. Lisa believes that positive relationships underpin a successful school and as such, enjoys developing her own leadership skills and those of colleagues through exploring and adopting innovative practice. As an experienced mentor, she is actively involved in developing teachers and support staff through leading training and developing personalised learning plans. Lisa has completed the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership and has been facilitating the National College’s NPQ programme for middle leaders for a number of years.
Kathryn Forsyth, Co-facilitator of leadership development
Kathryn Forsyth is an experienced teacher and senior leader within a mainstream primary school. She is passionate about how both pupils and school staff learn, and as SEN Co has a specialism in supporting pupils with varied learning barriers. Kathryn is actively involved in mentoring both new and existing teachers/support staff. To continue with her own professional development, Kathryn has gained the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership and the National SEN Co Award in recent years. As a leadership facilitator delivering development programmes for middle leaders, Kathryn plays a valuable part in leading others through their own journeys of professional growth.
As a high-quality provider of leadership development, we pride ourselves on the positive feedback we receive from our participants. Here are a few examples from our recent delivery:
‘Excellent manner from facilitators’
‘Debbie and Haroon have been brilliant at explaining and supporting us today. I am very excited about the journey going forwards!’
‘Very well presented and good provision of appropriate and relevant documents.’
‘I felt very comfortable in asking any questions I needed answers to. The course facilitators were very approachable and helpful. Thank you’
‘The course was very useful, with clear objectives and useful information/handouts’
‘Again, great delivery, pace, venue and refreshments! Thank you!’
‘Another informative day! Thanks for your hard work in the preparation of this session and resources! I feel more confident now to tackle various leadership issues’
Our leadership development programmes:
As a school-based provider of leadership development, we recognise the need for bespoke leadership programmes to suit the needs of individual schools. For an informal chat to discuss the leadership needs of your school, please complete the form below and one of our facilitators will be in touch shortly.
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