Stepping into Leadership (Code: C1326)

Stepping into Leadership is the Further Education and Skills sector's development programme for first-time leaders and focuses on the mindset, skills, and behaviours new leaders require to succeed in their leadership journey.

Pricing options

This is a fixed price of £325 per delegate.

In-House cohorts are also available, subject to a minimum number of delegates enrolled.

Discounts are available for organisations recently coming out of financial difficulty requesting an in-house cohort. Discounts will range from 10-25% depending on the current financial situation of the organisation.

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Online - Stepping into Leadership 2024/25 Open Cohort One
Date: 08/11/2024
Price: no charge
Online - Stepping into Leadership 2024/25 Open Cohort Two
Date: 09/12/2024
Price: no charge
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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?

Stepping into Leadership is open to new leaders who have recently moved into their first leadership role. The programme is available to first-time leaders who have been in post for under 18 months and have not received any development training.

The programme is open to colleagues from across colleges, sixth form colleges, Independent Training Providers, adult and local authority providers. The programme has been designed to meet the needs of first-time leaders across curriculum and teaching-related roles and those in professional support services functions.

We particularly welcome participants that reflect the diversity of the FE and Skills sector. We recognise that evidence shows that people from minority groups often feel less confident about putting themselves forward for development programmes. Our delivery team is committed to involving people with a vast range of experiences and backgrounds.

Training aim

For many sector first-time leaders, this programme will provide the first opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and tools to step into a leadership role.

As part of this high-impact training programme, first-time leaders will be supported by sector leadership experts to develop their thinking and practice in an environment that builds self-awareness, commitment and leadership confidence.

First-time leaders will work alongside peers from other organisations, developing their professional networking skills whilst being introduced to a range of concepts, frameworks and tools to utilise in their day-to-day leadership practice.


This highly effective program is aimed at improving professional effectiveness for first-time leaders.

Post this program first-time leaders will:

  • Have built a foundation level of knowledge and understanding of the priorities, policies and key developments in the sector and their organisations.
  • Gained a clear understanding of leadership/management frameworks, building new social and professional dynamics with colleagues.
  • Be able to inspire, motivate and communicate with purpose.
  • Be able drive high performance across their areas of responsibility.
  • Have the skills and tools to manage their well-being and the well-being of colleagues.
  • Be more confident, self-aware and committed to furthering their leadership learning. 

Entry Requirements

The programme is available to first-time leaders who have been in post for under 18 months and have not received development training.

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