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Leadership development resources for headteachers, senior and middle leaders

Leadership development resources for headteachers, senior and middle leaders

Documents released: September 2014

Online learning materials will no longer be updated by DfE and may no longer reflect current policy.

Please note DfE has no control over third-party websites, therefore links to these resources within modules or other content may become broken over time.

On this page you will find a variety of collections and resources to help headteachers, senior leaders and middle leaders develop their leadership skills further. These resources have been collected from the National College of Teaching and Leadership's archive. These learning materials were designed for use in schools and early years settings. They have been gathered into topic based collections for easy use and contain enough content to make them very useful for in-school CPD or self –directed learning. Please note that all roles and responsibilities relate to the time of production.

We also have the learning framework for head teachers, laid out in the two learning modules (See Modules, below) This learning framework has been developed using evidence-based research alongside working with school leaders and expert writers. The framework covers six learning areas:

  • Achieving headship
  • Strategic and operational management
  • Developing self and others
  • Partnerships and wider relationships
  • Understanding and changing school culture
  • Leading improvement

Each learning area contains a number of themes and sub themes, with knowledge areas and learning outcomes. Please note that the resources provided do not offer a complete curriculum, and additional resources will be required in order to achieve all the learning areas and outcomes.

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https://www.nationalcollege.org.uk/modules/file/icons/x-office-document.pngResources for building teams


Resources for career planning


Resources for coaching


Resources for established leaders


Resources for leading in difficult times


Resources for leading teams


Resources for new leaders


Resources for partnership working


Resources for preparing for leadership


Resources for teaching and learning


Collection: Tim Brighouse


Resources for working with parents and the community


Resources for starting a new role


 Leadership and management: spotting the difference

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Achieving headship


Leadership development resources



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Module download instructions (pdf) 


Achieving headship

12.7 MB

Leadership development resources

133 MB (Big file)