The RQT HOTseating programme provides a gateway into one of our TSA’s flagship offers: The Leadership Challenge. This unique programme, created first at South Hunsley School in 2012, is designed to give real whole school change management projects to small groups of aspiring middle leaders, to develop strategic planning, teamwork and accountability skills and prepare the Challengers for progression into a middle leadership role.
Recent Leadership Challenge tasks have included developing a new whole school pastoral house system; shaping a ‘digital technologies in the classroom framework’ and launching a new literacy across the curriculum initiative. Each group is allocated a senior leadership team mentor and given a programme of leadership theory and practice development sessions, to complement the work they take on. Each group must see their project through from the planning stage, through presentation to Senior Team and Governing Body panels, to implementation and review. Real change management having real impact on children’s lives.
The programme runs across four terms and culminates with a presentation event to celebrate the successes of their work.
As part of this programme we also found out about the different roles in the SLT and were able to ask senior members of staff how their career had started and how they had progressed to where they are now.
This experience helped me realise that my passion was in teaching and learning, in particular coaching and mentoring.”
Danielle Atkinson, Teacher of Art and Design
The East Riding Partnership Leadership Group is a forum devised by East Riding School Leaders for East Riding School Leaders. The Group, chaired by Hessle High School, aims to provide a forum for shared leadership development, especially for middle leaders in the core subjects, through high quality curriculum training.
The purpose and remit of the ERPLG is to develop, through collaborative partnership, an education for all learners in the East Riding that is as good as its best schools. This is achieved through the adoption of a collaborative approach to shared working practices and a desire to provide school-to-school support within the East Riding in order to identify and share best practice, develop and maintain high standards and support vulnerable schools.
Regular conferences and workshops are available to East Riding secondary schools and open to guest schools, such as the Maths and English Curriculum Planning Days and the Marking and Feedback forum.
The forum provides middle leaders with the opportunity to liaise and to discuss curriculum with exam board representatives, Ofsted inspectors, educational advisers and consultants.