WCTSP News Update: July 2018


WCTSP News: July 2018

Teaching School Courses: Autumn 2017


Advanced Emotionally Intelligent Leadership


Join us on 12 June for our next course on Advanced Emotionally Intelligent Leadership where you can learn more about developing flourishing teams, the neuroscience behind this and why this matters to leaders. The course will also consider engagement and motivation, the power of positive relationships and dealing with conflict. 

For more information and to book your place click HERE

100% of past participants rated this course as 'excellent' with comments such as:

It was such a good course! The description of what a flourishing school is, what our values are and the findings of research and comparison with scientific research were the most enjoyable aspects.


Restorative Practices in Schools - 6th March 2017


WCTSP Equality and Diversity 'Leading for Impact' Programme


We are pleased to be participating in this government initiative to improve the equality and diversity in school leadership. Our programme looks to address the nationally, and locally identified need to train and support women, and staff from BME groups, to progress into middle and senior leadership roles.

Our new programme started with an introductory event on 12 December 2016, including the first of our support network groups. Being a part of this NCTL project has meant we are able to provide free leadership training, coaching sessions and a support group to 13 teachers from our partner schools. Our aspiration is that the programme helps participants develop their confidence, skills and knowledge to become an effective leader, empowered to develop flourishing teams.

Each participant works towards the Certificate qualification of the Wellington 'Leading for Impact' programme, which is quality assured by the Department for Education at the University of Oxford. In this programme, partcipants sign up to a set of courses tailored to their individual needs. By completing the qualification, they will be eligible for membership of the Chartered Management Institute and we hope that they will be applying for the next step in their leadership career ambitions.


Happy New Year


Happy Christmas from everyone at WCTSP


Spring & Summer 2017 Courses


Fully Funded Places on Leadership Equality and Diversity Programme


We are pleased to have been awarded funding from the National College for Teaching and Leadership which enables us to offer school staff an opportunity to apply for 12 fully funded places on our Leadership Equality and Diversity Programme. We welcome applications from any staff who fit the following criteria:

• Female and/or Black and Minority Ethnic (BME).
• Someone who has the aspiration and potential for promotion to a leadership position within the next 6 to 18 months.
• Someone aspiring to middle or senior leadership.
• A member of staff from a state maintained school.
We will also consider applications from the Equality Act protected characteristics of LGBT.

Please email if you would like more information and an application form. The deadline for applications is 9 November 2016.

This funding is part of a ministerial priority to improve equality and diversity in school leadership. Both nationally and locally there is an identified need to train and support women and staff from BME groups to progress into leadership roles. We are looking for those who aspire to middle leadership roles such as Head of Year/ Department as well as to the more senior leadership roles.

The reason for this programme is that while over 75% of teaching staff in our local area are female, only 38% go on to become Headteachers, and only half of Deputies and Assistant Heads are women. Similarly, while 16% of our local school staff are from a BME group, there is no representation at Headteacher level and these groups are underrepresented in Deputy and Assistant Head roles. (Source: Department for Education: School Workforce in England: November 2015)

The programme consists of:

• Three or four days training via the Wellington Leaders in Education: 'Leading for Impact' courses,
• Teaching cover reimbursements for participation on these courses,
• Support and network sessions,
• Two x 1/2 hours of coaching,
• One assignment - approx. 10-20 hours participants own time,
• CMI accreditation on completion of the Certificate qualification of the Wellington Leaders in Education Programme: 'Leading for Impact'.

The Leadership Equality and Diversity Programme will run between November 2016 and July 2017. Its aim is to provide participants with a portfolio of knowledge and skills to help them successfully apply for leadership positions during or towards the end of this programme.


Leading in Education


Earlier this week, we held one of our leadership courses from the Leading for Impact programme. In the Leading in Education course, participants were asked what they would be most interested in considering and the day was built around these areas. The purpose of leadership in schools was explored followed by a technique for creating a vision, which maximizes a team's engagement and commitment. Participants also considered what we can learn from neuroscience and explored the impact leaders can have on others' brain functioning and wellbeing. Difficult conversations were examined using a coaching technique called perceptual positions.

Iain Henderson, Deputy Head at Wellington College, joined the group and participated in an open discussion about his personal route onto the Senior Leadership Team and about establishing the coaching culture at Wellington College. Regarding coaching, he shared that it is about believing the coachee has the answers, and about listening and effective questioning to help the person unlock their own potential and get the best out of themselves. It is based on an 'ask don't tell' philosophy.

Dan Pink's theory of motivation was shared where he describes how autonomy, mastery and purpose are the main building blocks for what motivates us: Autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives. Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters. Purpose: the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

We wish all our participants success in their leadership journey and hope to see them and others on our future courses. Congratulations to Matt Hutchings on receiving the Wellington Global Leading for Impact Certificate, quality assured by The University of Oxford, achieving a distinction in the assessment.


Welcome Back


Start the new school year on a positive note by booking onto one of our professional learning courses.

WCTSP Courses Page

We hope to see you there. Have a great Autumn term.


New Course - New or Aspiring Heads of Department


Wellington Leadership Programme - Summer Courses 2016



2016 Summer Term Courses


Are you working towards your Leadership Certificate or Diploma?


Are you working towards your Leadership Certificate or Diploma?

Mindfulness for Leaders is an elective course​ taking place on the 14th March. Click here to book your place or see further information below.

For all other courses click here.


Emotionally Intelligent Leadership - 4th February


There is just over a week until the next Emotionally Intelligent Leadership course run by Katy Granville-Chapman.

Don't miss out on a space, BOOK NOW!

Previous feedback:

"Great Atmosphere created by course leader and course attendants."

"I enjoyed discussing situations with other teachers from other schools."


Wishing you all a very...


Feedback from Leadership Vision & Strategy course


The last WCTSP Leadership course of 2015 took place on Monday, and had rave reviews.

Developing a Leadership Vision & Strategy (run by Wellington's Leadership Director Katy Granville-Chapman), was a practical session aiming to give senior leaders and those aspiring to senior leadership positions both the time to reflect and the tools to create and deliver their vision and strategy. There was also the opportunity to discuss leadership issues that are of particular interest to those attending.

"It really was spot on!"

"Great balance between discussion, collaborative activity and personal work."

"Gave time to reflect on own vision and how to deliver it within the specific environment."

"Enjoyed the prioritising of strategies and how to empower people."

For more information on the Wellington Leaders in Education Programme click here.

For future Wellington College Teaching School courses visit our courses page.


BOOK NOW Spring term Leadership courses


Are you a Leader with aspirations, or an aspiration to be a Leader?

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership - 4th February 2016

10am - 3pm - Wellington College

For further information and to book, go to our website.

Mindfulness for Leaders - 14th March 2016

10am - 3pm - Wellington College

For further information and to book, go to our website.

Go to our Leadership page for more information on the Wellington Leadership Programme.


Feedback from Emotionally Intelligent Leadership course


In the Emotionally Intelligent Leadership course teachers from a range of schools came together to discuss the latest research from neuroscience, psychology and philosophy to learn more about how understanding people can help us to lead more effectively. 

It was an exciting and lively day with participants drawing from many years of experience to help each other to solve complex leadership issues they were facing and to move forward really positively in their organisations.

"Tailored to what the participants wanted to learn, which was impressive."

"Great atmosphere created by course leader."

For further information on our Leadership Programme click here.

Along with a number of other courses, Emotionally Intelligent Leadership will be run again in the spring term. For further details see our courses page.


Developing a Leadership Vision & Strategy


Whether lookings at building a stronger team or working towards a promotion, the Developing a Leadership Vision & Strategy course is a must!

The feedback speaks for itself.


Are you interested in developing as a leader?


In conjunction with the Wellington Leaders in Education Programme, WCTSP are offering a number of popular courses this term.

Whether you are working towards a certificate or diploma in leadership or just interested in a particular area, these courses are not to be missed.

For futher information on the Leadership Programme visit our Leadership Page.

To book onto one the the courses below, go to the Courses Page.

We hope to see you there.


What's On


September already!

Have you thought about your CPD? WCTSP are running a 3 part Effective Professional Learning course, starting on the 6th October 2015.

For further details, go to our courses page.


A course to provide you with the tools to plan, implement and review the impact of your professional learning (PL) programme.


To review the progress made so far with the planning and implementation of the professional learning action plans.


To deliver a presentation on the impact of the professional learning developments on your school.


The Term Ahead


Welcome to the start of the new academic year! An exciting year lies ahead for the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership. I would like to send out a particularly special welcome to all new members of staff at our Partner schools. I’m sure there will be some nervous moments but I am sure that you will thrive with the support provided by the staff at your respective schools. Good luck to all!

The purpose of this email is to very briefly update you on the forthcoming activities of the WCTSP. Before I do that, however, I would like to re-share the Purpose of the Partnership.

Our Purpose: The purpose of the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership (WCTSP) is to bring schools and strategic partners together in a collaboration that is uniquely school-led and which focuses upon the needs of educators in our partner schools. Our activities are guided by the ‘Big 6’ framework provided by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

They are:

1.Support the development of a school-led ITT system.

2.Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (CPD).

3.Provide Leadership development opportunities.

4.Provide school to school support to other schools.

5.Designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs).

6.Engage in research and development activities.

One of our central objectives is to provide a continuum of professional development for staff with the sole objective of improving the educational attainment of pupils in all partnership schools.

Our vision is to embed within the schools we work with a strong culture of aspiration and learning, and the sharing of best practice. The development of an evidence-based approach to practice is central to this, which then feeds back into the professional development of all staff involved.

There are numerous activities coming up and our first Professional Learning courses are fast approaching. All information about courses can be found HERE.

Have a great year!

John Kinniburgh

Director of Teaching Schools

Key Dates & Events - Autumn 2015


The autumn term events are open for registration. 

Click here to see the key dates and events for the autumn term.

23 February 2015 Common Inset Day Conferences - Book Now


Wokingham & Surrey Heath Schools, together with Wellington College, are holding a range of conferences on a common INSET day: Monday, 23 February 2015. There are over 20 courses covering a whole range of subjects from the core curriculum topics to Music, Art and Network Managers. For more details on the Wokingham Secondary Federation conferences please take a look at the information booklet which can be downloaded from the following page:

To guaranteed a place please book by 24 January 2015. Please contact  for the Wokingham Federation Conferences and  for the Surrey Heath Federation conferences. There is a charge of £50 for delegates who are not from the relevant Federation.

The Wellington College Teaching School Partners