Middle Leaders Mentorship Programme

This Middle leaders Programme is for aspiring or recently appointed Middle Leaders (any Subject, Phase or Key Stage) in schools, academies and colleges.

Programme Outline

Introduction to Middle leadership in Schools the ‘principles’ of being a middle tier leader.

Twilights 1 & 2 - 2 & 9 March 2022

Leadership & Management

  • The differences between leadership & management of a subject
  • As a leader what can you influence and what can’t you influence?
  • What is expected of a subject leader? Knowing your remit.

Middle Leaders – How to be a subject champion!

  • Vision for your subject – leadership questions
  • Opportunities and threats to success
  • Adapting to your context – what are the needs of your community?
  • Action planning / Project work
  • Leadership behaviours that influence and support others

Subject Management – how to work smarter not harder

  • Subject specific pedagogy – What makes great teaching in your subject?
  • Defining the key subject specific skills
  • Monitoring standards in your subject how to gather evidence
  • Supporting colleagues with subject knowledge – how to facilitate the learning of others
  • Questioning for learning – supporting oracy & language development
  • Assessment beyond levels in your subject
  • Evidencing progress and impact in your subject

Twilight 3 - 21 March 2022
Quality Assurance for a high achieving department

This session will draw on recent research to give you the tools to manage your department/ area of responsibility as well as evidence the impact you have had.

  • How to develop an effective quality assurance approach within your department
  • Supporting your team to become self-evaluative
  • Exploring approaches to lesson observation/ books looks/data

Twilight 4 - 9 May 2022
Recruiting, appointing, developing and retaining staff for subject leaders

How do you recruit the best teachers for your department, retain staff and inspire your colleagues to deliver high quality lessons?

  • From what makes a good advert to getting the shortlisting and interview right
  • Induction for new staff
  • Developing your staff and creating a positive team ethos

Twilight 5 - 13 June 2022
Managing Change for subject leaders

Your sphere of influence has begun to grow beyond your classroom. This session will provide strategies that will help you to manage change within your department.

  • Planning for change and knowing what needs to change
  • Putting plans into action
  • Bringing staff with you (department and SLT)

Twilight 6 - 4 July 2022
Building High Performing Teams through a culture of Coaching

In this session you will:

  • Explore the different forms of coaching and make links with how it works outside of education
  • Explore coaching techniques
  • Understand the power of coaching in improving teacher effectiveness

Benefits to your school

Our programme will help your school by:

  • Satisfying the latest statutory requirements for middle leaders under OFSTED/ISI inspections.
  • Transforming subject, year groups and phases sustainably.
  • Developing middle leaders to embody a culture of improvement and accountability.
  • Embodying a culture of continuous self-evaluation and improvement for yourselves, your staff and your students.
  • Helping you set ambitious targets, and giving you the confidence to meet them.
  • Showing you how to analyse data and turn student underperformance around.


The aim of the Middle Leaders Mentorship Programme is to deliver a high quality programme at low cost (both in terms of time and money) to schools.

Booking Individual Sessions

The following sessions can also be booked as individual webinars at the below links:

Presenter Profile

Julie Bloor has a career in education that spans over thirty years, with twenty of those in senior leadership. She worked in inner city, deprived secondary schools in Sheffield and Derbyshire. Her career saw her become a successful Head of Humanities before she was promoted to leadership. Over the past thirtenn years she has been a Principal, Executive over several schools and an NLE, trained as an Ofsted Inspector run a Teaching School, worked as a director for a large Multi-Academy Chain and Chief Education Officer for another. In her first two Headships she took both schools from the bottom of their local authority league tables to the most improved schools, each with an Ofsted grade of Outstanding, she also became a Pupil Premium Reviewer due to the excellent outcomes her school achieved for their disadvantaged students. The School Improvement work she had undertaken, across a wide range of schools, has always had a significant impact. School improvement is Julie’s passion, as is ensuring all children have a first-class education that changes their life chances. Julie is currently a Trustee for Astrea Academy Trust and works delivering the new NPQHs for Ambition Institute. She lives in a village in Cambridgeshire with her husband, enjoying gardening, running and holidays to France when possible.

Cost: £500 per delegate for 3 day course (6 twilights). Two teachers from the same school is £800. Any additional teachers from a school can be added for £300 each.

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