Secondary Aspiring Leadership Team Programme


The Aspiring Leadership Team provides leadership training and inspiration for those Secondary leaders who aspire to be part of the school Leadership Team, or who have already been seconded to the Leadership Team for a limited period.

The programme aims to develop a greater understanding of current educational issues and their whole-school implications for senior leaders.


  • To have a greater understanding of whole school leadership
  • To develop a greater understanding of current educational issues and their whole school implications
  • To facilitate an opportunity to network with other leaders
  • To experience presenting to senior colleagues
  • To be exposed to different views and issues of education and school leadership

Programme Outline: 6 twilight sessions led by Headteachers in their own schools, each focusing on an area of leadership . Virtual sessions will run from 4.30pm to 6pm.

Session 1 | Weds 13 January 2021 - People, Processes and Culture: a holistic view of leadership (Paul James, CEO River Learning Trust, Oxfordshire)

Session 2 | Thurs 25 February 2021 - Leadership in a complex environment: SEND and accountability for all (Simon Knight, HT and Matt McArthur, AHT Frank Wise School, Oxfordshire)

Session 3 | Thursday 25 March 2021 - Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast: How to build a healthy and successful school culture (Rachael Warwick, Executive Headteacher, Ridgeway Education Trust / Immediate Past President of ASCL 2020-2021)

Session 4 | Tues 27 April 2021 - Communicating through change: Effective communication at leadership level (John Marston, HT Wallingford School, Oxfordshire)

Session 5 | Tues 8 June 2021 - Expected and unexpected challenges in leadership (Fin Lewis, HT Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Primary School, Oxfordshire)

Session 6 | Weds 14 July 2021 - Strategic Leadership: Characteristics of effective leadership (Rick Holroyd, HT King Alfred's Academy, Oxfordshire)

Accessing the online event

Following registration for this event you will receive an email from Eventbrite confirming your place.

A minimum of 48 hours before the commencement of the programme, you will receive an email from the OTSA CPD team containing a link to the online event. This link must not be shared with other people.

Please test the link the day before the event to make sure you can connect. If you need help please email or call 01235 856500 in good time before the event begins. We will be unable to help during the event itself.

We do not provide refunds if you are unable to access the event due to technical issues that are beyond our control.

Participation in the online event

Our online events aim to be interactive and you will be expected to have your camera and microphone on, although your microphone should be muted. We may use ‘Raised Hands’, ‘Reactions’, ‘Chat’, ‘Polls’, shared whiteboards and shared screens during the session. We may also use ‘Breakout Rooms’ to allow you to work in a smaller group. Please note this event will be recorded and made available to all ticket holders.

Cost includes VAT which may be recovered by schools

£200 plus VAT

The event cost is inclusive of applicable VAT. Schools should be able to recover VAT from HMRC so the cost to your school should be the pre-VAT figure. If in doubt, please check with your finance manager.


Payment is required at the time of booking by credit card, debit card or Paypal. A VAT invoice will be sent to you automatically by email.

To keep our event fees as low as possible, we are not able to issue manual invoices for later payment by cheque or bank transfer and we are not able to reserve places without payment.

In the event of a refund request, please note that the Eventbrite booking fee of 6.5% plus 0.49p per ticket is not refundable.

Refund policy
Refunds up to 30 days before event.Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.