Developing Secondary Middle Leadership Skills Through Virtual Learning

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Developing Secondary Middle Leadership Skills Through Virtual Learning

Programme Overview
Middle leadership skills
Delivery Model Online Face to Face session
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material (if applicable).
  • AED 1320 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school
Deadline booking date:
Wednesday 22nd March 2023
Face to Face Online sessions
Wednesday 12th April, Wednesday 19th April, Wednesday 26th April and Wednesday 3rd May 2023

4:00pm to 6:00pm UAE time

Programme breakdown

  • Four two-hour sessions.
  • Inter-sessional tasks and post-course application/reflection. Amount of time needed will not exceed 4 hours but will vary upon delegates’ time schedules for lesson observations.
Target audience

SECONDARY phase middle and aspiring middle leaders.  Subject or phase coordinators.

Aims of the course

To give middle leaders the confidence to take their staff with them on the road to excellence through skillful use of personal traits and a better understanding of their own strengths and the barriers that they face.

Intended outcomes

Middle leaders will have:

  • A clearer view of how to evaluate accurately
  • An understanding of the type of evidence that middle leaders need to demonstrate effectiveness.
  • A clearer understanding of how to monitor and evaluate effectively.
  • An understanding of the importance of validation when securing judgements about performance.
  • Effective lesson observation skills and an understanding of how to have high quality professional discussions to improve teaching and learning
  • A stronger strategy to identify underachievement amongst groups of pupils.
  • A clearer view of how innovative leadership can help to move the school forwards

Caroline McKee

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Caroline Mckee has significant experience in education in a range of countries including the Middle East. She has led training in all of these countries and fully understands their contexts. She is an experienced lead inspector and has been involved in over 300 inspections in England. As a consultant, she has worked as a school improvement partner supporting schools to improve and helped an IB school in Dubai to be identified as the first IB school to gain an outstanding grade. Caroline has a deep interest in developing middle leaders as they are the engine room and key drivers for all schools. Crucial to the role are skills in self-evaluation, effective monitoring and ensuring that there is a key focus on developing the teaching skills of their staff. She is experienced in a grass roots approach to developing teaching and learning in schools, and her work is to empower the learner whether that be student, teacher, or leader. She is skilled in developing leaders’ abilities to get the best out of their staff using emotional intelligence, knowledge, patience, and good humour.

Programme details

Times are UAE 4:00pm to 6:00pm via ZOOM.

Session 1:  

Exploring the difference between leadership and management

  • What is it that effective leaders do?
  • Knowing yourself and understanding your strengths and weaker attributes
  • Understanding the school context and how that impacts on your leadership

Developing the attributes needed for good leaders

  • Fostering teamwork
  • Motivating others, managing meetings, setting examples
  • Overcoming issues within your own context and managing up and down?


Session 2: 

Effective monitoring

  • Exploring the aspects that need monitoring
  • Understanding your internal and external data

The importance of effective and honest self-evaluation

  • How to triangulate evidence
  • Exploring the effectiveness of teaching and learning within your department
  • Ensuring consistency of judgements
  • Interim activities, joint work scrutiny and reflection on leadership styles and planning personal targets for improvement.


Session 3: 

Effective lesson observations, protocol, and behaviours.

  • Use of videos to ensure accurate observations and to practice a professional dialogue with a colleague
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • How to have an effective professional dialogue
  • Interim activities to include joint lesson observations and delivering professional dialogues.


Session 4: 

Data analysis and using this to drive departmental improvement

  • Assessment and how this will drive the curriculum, teaching and learning
  • Ensuring that assessment informs the progress that your students make
  • The different forms of assessment
  • Final reflection and action planning for your next steps.


Caroline McKee
8 Hours