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Alliance of Leading Learning

Governor Development Programme:


About the 'Alliance of Leading Learning'

At Brookhouse, we are proud to be a strategic lead in the “Alliance of Leading Learning” - a new school led alliance, made up of the core team who were formerly directors, facilitators and consultants for “The Leadership Academy” at Edge Hill University - delivering the National Professional Qualifications for school leadership.


Background information:

Over the past three years, our Leadership team 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. Our commitment to leadership development 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)


The 'Gold Standard' in Leadership Development:

Moving forwards, NCTL have awarded us the licence to deliver the new National Professional Qualifications and ensure we continue to build on our reputable success in providing 'Gold Standard' professional learning locally which has had proven life changing impact on children and young people. Through our partnerships, we have delivered the NPQ programmes to 2,300 school leaders from diverse types of schools and have proven we provide outstanding learning opportunities as we are local credible leaders facilitating on the NPQ programmes - who are committed to improving children’s life chances. For more information about our Alliance of Leading Learning or to register for our leadership programmes, please click on the flyers above - or click on the following link:


Our facilitators:

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, Co-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.


Sarah Murphy, Co-facilitator of leadership development

Sarah Murphy is an experienced Head Teacher of a local primary school. Having completed the NPQH and a Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management, Sarah has a sound understanding of how effective, strong leadership is vital in improving schools. She is passionate about developing leaders of the future. Sarah has experience of supporting other schools through a Peer to Peer Review system. She is also actively involved in developing a collaborative approach with other schools to secure improved outcomes for all. She began co-facilitating our leadership programmes for middle leaders in 2017 and very much enjoys working with aspirant leaders of the future.


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.


Our feedback:

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. Alternatively, for more information about our Alliance of Leading Learning or to register, please click on the link below:




Yes! I would like to be contacted about the 'Gold Standard' leadership development programmes available.