The leadership development covers areas such as effective lesson planning, classroom management, teaching methodologies, time management, relationship building, motivating and influencing others, and investment strategies.
Once fellows begin their 2-year school placements, they are assigned to a Leadership Development Associate (LDA) to aid with their development and identity as an education professional and to enhance pedagogical practice in their subject area specialism. The LDA’s observe classrooms and debrief with fellows to ensure student achievement is amplified. Fellows are also assigned an in school partner (the headteacher), to help the fellow settle in and support them in their school service.
Fellows follow an individual leadership development plan, documented in their reflective journal. The reflective journal is the focus for regular, individual reflections, which feed into deeper reflections on core aspects of leadership—behavior management, assessment and professionalism.
Fellows can request support in a form of observation or debrief anytime during the year and as many as they need. LDA’s under normal circumstances visit classrooms at least once a month, and observe fellows for at least 30 minutes on each visit.