Chairs Leadership Programme (Code: C1642)

A new programme for the 2024/25 year, the Chairs Leadership Programme by Kings College London brings together FE sector expertise and Kings College London's vast experience in leadership and governance to explore the role of the chair. It will utilise the insights and skills of participants and facilitators to identify concrete steps that allow participants to improve their impact on the board and the wider organisation.

Pricing options

£350 per participant including all residential, masterclasses and mentoring sessions.


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?

This course is open to all current chairs in the Further Education and Training sector.

Training aim

Participation in the programme includes:

  • Attendance at a 1 day residential
  • Attendance in a series of Unlearning / Relearning Masterclasses - session will challenge accepted norms and address powerful key leadership themes through curated learning metaphors
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities


Having completed this programme, the participant will be able to:

1. Report improved ability to manage and build an inclusive team

2. Report knowledge of additional strategies to strengthen the relationships between the Principal/CEO and governance professional to support effective governance

3. Report improved knowledge of how to plan for succession and other changes

4. Report increased awareness of boardroom dynamics, and improved ability to resolve tension and conflict

5. Report improved awareness of strategies for stakeholder engagement and building partnerships


The Chairs Leadership Programme will run from November 2024 until March 2025. Full dates will be confirmed by late summer 2024.

Entry Requirements

 Delegates must be a chair in the Further Education and Training sector.

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