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Senior Leadership Development Programme

Develop your strategic and agile leadership skills with our further education leadership development programme

Colleges need a strong team of strategic leaders to help support the students it serves in its community. Developing agile leadership skills can seem overwhelming and it can be hard to have the space to work on the college and not in it, especially in the current times. But, your college needs to strategically look forward to enable it to be ready for future challenges and opportunities.

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Introducing AoC’s Senior Leadership Development Programme

Our highly interactive and well-regarded senior management training programme, aims to develop the strategic skills of senior leaders in the further education sector in a complex and uncertain world. This senior management training not only offers you an analysis of global strategic development best practice but also enables you to put your new knowledge into practice straight away.

Our executive trainers are working hard to ensure that the programme is as engaging and exciting online as it is in a physical environment. We will do our best to ensure your networking and ability to connect with each other in the group is not affected by this change.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is for senior leaders who want to improve their impact and / or advance to Principal or CEO positions.

Designed for for those already working at a senior level (Tiers 1 and 2) this programme is aimed at:

➡️ Campus Principals

➡️ Vice, Deputy / Assistant Principals

➡️ Directors or those in similar roles, working in the FE and skills sector.

Upcoming programme dates

Autumn Winter 2022 Cohort

(All to be delivered face-to-face at Warwick Conference Centre)

➡️ Module 1 – 11 & 12 October 2022

➡️ Module 2 – 24 & 25 January 2023

➡️ Module 3 – 8 & 9 March 2023

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Programme delivery approach

"The programme has given me tools and approaches to be able to tackle a range of change projects now and in the future and, an excellent network of practitioners to call upon for help and advice!"

Mike Chapman, Assistant Principal, Darlington College

(Autumn/Winter 2021 Cohort)

By joining this executive training programme you will:

☑️ Make sense of who you are as a leader. What you stand for, what you are good at, and not so good at, and the impact you have upon those you work with

☑️ Discuss what makes a great team and a great partnership, how you measure up currently, where you should be and how you can get there

☑️ Work through a framework to clarify the core purpose of your organisation and how it relates internally and externally – enabling you to build leadership strategies to ensure future success.

Ben Knocks: Senior Leadership Development Programme - Video Testimonial

What's included in the programme?

☑️ Three 2-day modules to develop your strategic thinking as a leader

☑️ Residential accommodation

☑️ A networking dinner on the middle night of each module

☑️ 1:1 inter-module coaching to help you to embed your new knowledge and skills

☑️ Peer to peer support to grow your network of senior FE colleagues

☑️ Access to an online network of former alumni’s where you can ask advice and gain support

What's the investment?

The full programme is £3,825 +VAT (Face to face modules are priced at £1,275 + VAT each.

We understand the value of face-to-face training and networking is extremely high, particularly in a programme like this, which is why will be running the programme face-to-face as long as it is safe to do so and in line with government guidelines.

Participants will be kept up to date at all times on any changes.

Who are the lead facilitators?


Larry Shulman

Larry is a strategic leadership consultant and executive coach with over 30 years of experience in senior roles in major blue-chip companies – Tesco and Coca-Cola – and consultancy and coaching assignments with major organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Larry is all about enabling shifts in people, teams and organisations. His strength is in asking leaders the challenging questions that get them to raise the bar. He does his best work with forward-thinking leaders who are searching for strategies to not just meet but beat their organisational objectives


Jackie Smith

Jackie is an experienced coach and dynamic facilitator, with expertise in the design, development and delivery of culture change, leadership and management development programmes. Jackie works with Boards, Execs, senior managers and their teams across all sectors – enabling a cross-fertilisation of ideas and approaches.

Jackie’s style is facilitative but challenging, bringing her coaching skills into one-to-one and group learning interventions.

"I was planning to make the next step to progress in my career as a senior leader and the AoC Senior Leadership Development Programme offered me the strategic transformation I needed.

The programme had a great balance between theory and practice and enabled me to develop a network of senior colleagues in the sector."

Joanne Terry-Marchant, Principal, Highlands College

(Autumn/Winter 2018 Cohort)


Rated 3.9/4 stars by delegates

" I have learnt so much from this programme and have already used a lot of the content and learning with my own teams.

I have really valued the time and opportunity to focus on my own leadership and have found it so useful being able to relate it to my current challenges. Thoroughly recommend. "

Benjamin Knocks, Assistant Principal, Weston College

(Autumn/Winter 2021 Cohort)

100% of past delegates said they'd recommend the programme to a colleague or friend

Get in touch

If you’d like to learn more discuss the programme in more detail then get in touch with our training team by emailing or fill in the form below.

Alternatively, contact the programme organiser on 0207 034 9928