This course develops expertise in the role of a senior leader. Although the role varies, many senior leaders contribute to all aspects of the school through the leadership team as well as having a specific whole school responsibility of their own. This means the role is often both operational and strategic and relies on working with and through colleagues (in particular, through middle leaders) to ensure every pupil gets an excellent education.
Those in this role need to have a strong understanding of their context, community and the pupils and adults they work with. They also need to have depth of expertise across a number of specialist areas related to their role (e.g. curriculum and assessment, behaviour, organisational management) and in approaches that, through working with their colleagues, enable their school to keep improving (e.g. professional development and implementation).