Work Shops

New and Aspiring Middle Leaders Programme

This is a three day programme designed to support those either newly appointed to middle leadership or aspiring to middle leadership in the near future.

Course leaders: Paul Rowe and Adam Shelley, both Deputy Head Teachers at The Woodroffe School and Beth Brooke JCTSA Manager


Pre-course reading on aspects of leadership
Day One: 10am – 3pm.
• What does it mean to be a middle leader? The expectations of pupils, parents, team colleagues, senior leaders, governors
• Building a team
• Quality assurance & accountability
• Building capacity

Gap task
Day 2: 9:30am – 1pm
• Reviewing the gap task – what did you learn?
• Keeping a handle on things – self-evaluation
• Incremental coaching for increased capability

Gap task
Day 3: 1 – 3:45pm
• Presenting findings to the group
• Next steps –maintaining and developing professional practice.

Leading a Mentally Healthy School

Leading a Mentally Healthy School is a programme aimed at senior leaders of all phases to enable reflection and action planning around whole-school approaches to mental health provision.

The programme has been developed by Health Education England (HEE) and the School Development Support Agency (SDSA) in partnership with an expert group of educational psychologists, education consultants and mental health organisations and responds to the areas highlighted in the recent Green Paper – ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ (December2017).

Leading a Mentally Healthy School aims:
• to enable and empower senior leaders to put mental health at the heart of strategic school improvement.
• to equip senior leaders with practical and sustainable approaches that can be implemented on return to school.

Module content:
This course is about LEADERSHIP of a mentally healthy school.

Module 1: Ethos, culture and strategic leadership
• What is mental health?
• Why have a whole school approach to mental health?
• The importance of ethos and culture.
• Strategic planning.

Module 2: Policies and procedures for impact
• Policies and leadership.
• Signs and symptoms.
• Procedures for impact.

Date: 29 June

Time: 9:00am registration for a 9:15am start

Venue: The King’s School, Ottery St. Mary, Devon EX11 1RA

Led By: Jo Elliot, Specialist Leader in Education for PSHE, The King’s School, and
Sarah Lewis, Devon CAMHS Senior Manager, (Primary Mental Health Service and CAMHS Single Point of Access)

Operational Lead for Virgincare Strand of Early Help for Mental Health Services across Devon (EH4MH)

For details on how to book contact Beth Brooke on 01297 442232

NQT Conference

Holyrood Academy will be holding an NQT conference on 11 July between 9am and 3.30pm.

Workshops will include:
Effective feedback
How to get promoted
Managing workload
Managing low-level disruption
‘Making learning stick’
plus a chance to network

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Cost to JCTSA members: £30, for non-JCTSA members £40

Please register your interest through Nicola Payne.

Women in Leadership in Education

The Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools’ Alliance is delighted to be the Dorset hub for the Women in Leadership in Education South West Programme which is led by The West Country Teaching School Alliance and Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance.

The gender gap in education leadership is unacceptably wide and the pace of improvement unacceptably slow. According to Dr Kay Fuller, in 2015 women made up 64% of the teaching workforce but only accounted for 40% of headteachers. Fuller argues that – at current rates – it will take until 2040 to close the gap.

The Women in Leadership in Education programme aims to help reduce this gap through its coaching pledge. This enables women to access coaching at any point in their career, free of charge and at a time to suit their specific needs.

If you would like to develop or maintain your own coaching skills and support women leading education you can book a place on our two workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Coaching for Impact 27 March 4:30pm – 6:30pm The Woodroffe School
  • Workshop 2: Coaching Women Leaders 16 May 4:30pm – 6:30pm The Woodroffe School

There is no charge for these workshops. They are open to women and men who want to contribute to developing women in leadership roles in education.

To find out more, contact Beth Brooke on 01297 442232 or visit

To book a place on the workshop contact Nicola Payne on 01297 442232