Senior Leaders Programme (Code: C1209)

Senior Leaders in the FE sector are faced with the challenge of working in a turbulent environment, building relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders and developing their understanding of what it means to be an effective FE leader in the 21st century.

To meet those challenges, leaders must be capable of combining a host of skills and attributes as influential systems leaders. The Senior Leadership programme has been designed to meet these challenges.

Pricing options

The cost of this programme is £650 per delegate, this includes the overnight accommodation and meals. 


No suitable dates or locations? Please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. The free places are fully funded by the DfE and are offered to ensure greater diversity on high quality CPD, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 24 priority areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Halton, Hartlepool, Hastings, Ipswich, Knowsley, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Salford, Sandwell, Scarborough, Stoke-on-Trent, Tameside, Walsall, West Somerset).
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000.
  • Consider yourself to have a disability.
  • Come from black or minority ethnic community.

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the four criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least two weeks before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

Who is this for?

The Senior Leadership programme is for current senior leaders, whether new in post or longer-serving, who would like the opportunity to take part in leadership development for their strategic role.


Training aim

The programme is broken down into modules that align with the Professional Standards for Senior Leaders, delivered over residential training days and supported with one to one and group coaching


As participants on the programme, you will benefit from:

  • Acquiring the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to succeed and operate successfully at senior level.
  • Building your personal resilience, confidence, influence, and capabilities to prepare for the challenges and demands of senior leadership.
  • Being critically aware of your personal approach to leadership - biases, blind spots, attitude to diversity - and how to continue to develop your leadership after the programme.
  • Being able to move beyond organisational leadership, into system leadership roles that span organisational boundaries. Working more strategically with greater collaboration across organisations.


We have two cohorts currently available for booking

Cohort 1

27 - 28 November 2023

25 - 26 March 2024


Cohort 2

25 - 26 March 2024

24 - 25 June 2024

Entry Requirements

All delegates must currently be in a senior leadership position. 

Must be from a publicly funded FE provider in England.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830