Over the past year the AET has been working with the National College to develop its Middle Leadership Development pilot involving 38 clusters, 250 schools (both in Europe and the Middle East) and over 500 delegates.
The AET cluster’s pilot drew to a successful close in early December when 13 Middle Leaders from across the Essex Academies braved the snow to complete their final assessments.
Claire Dobbs (GWA), Jamie Benson (GWA), Mary Pickett (GWA), Philippa Edwards (GWA), Be Kirkby (CCA), Ingrid Leatherdale (MTA), Rebecca Geoghegan (AET English and Literacy Leader and Former GWA Teacher), Margaret McManus (MTA), Eimear Bourne (GWA), Dan Smith (CCA), Claire Morgans (MTA), Lauren Tait (MTA) and Mark Galloway (CCA) (pictured below left to right) had to complete a series of nine stages focusing on effective leadership, personalised learning, within-school variation and a leadership challenge which drew the stages together in a piece of in-house research based around their academy’s improvement plan.
Our Middle Leaders successfully presented the outcomes of their Leadership Challenges to Principals as part of their final assessments and will now go on to be instrumental in the development of other middle leaders within their academies; such talent spotting is necessary if we are to build a sustainable programme of leadership development within our cluster.
We wish them every success in their future and look forward to their participation with our second group of middle leaders – a 33 delegate strong cohort from across the four Essex academies, and further future cohorts which will include the London academies.