The Education and Training Foundation’s FE strategic leadership programme, designed in close consultation with the Association of Colleges and Roffey Park leadership institute, is open to principals and CEOs across the sector, and will be delivered by the Saïd Business School.
The Department for Education has provided funding for 100 leaders to take the course, which opens for applications today. The programme will provide CEOs and principals in the sector with a deeper understanding of their roles, and the opportunity to develop their ability to innovate in the face of existing and future challenges.
The course consists of three modules. The first and third will be three-day, residential programmes at the business school, while the second will be delivered digitally. Experts from other departments at the university will be brought in to offer different perspectives.
“The idea is that you are immersed in thinking,” says Sir Frank McLoughlin, the ETF’s director of leadership. “[The programme] is not technical – its unapologetically strategic, about how you lead organisations. It’s about managing in an age of transparency, about strategic partnerships and directing functions. We’ve got to make sure those principles are brought back to the [principal’s] institution: one of the [key performance indicators] has to be that it helps the college to improve.
“The team at the Saïd Business School are absolutely clear that this is about application to real-life situations.”
A small initial cohort will start in June, with two more groups to follow in September and October, and fees will be around £3,000. For more information, visit www.et-foundation.co.uk