Westbridge Teaching School Alliance

Leading Learning from the Middle


22nd – 23rd April (days 1 & 2), 13th May (day 3) and 28th May (day 4). attendee to attend all dates

 Time:  8.30am - 4.00pm
 Venue: Westbridge TSA, Rivington Ave, Wigan, WN2 5NG or virtually if covid-19 restrictions prevent attendance at our training centre
 Delivered by:  Karen Ardley
 Cost:  £600 per delegate - Lunch maybe included subject to covid-19 restrictions 


Specific requirements
This course is suitable for aspiring or middle managers currently responsible for co-ordinating or managing a subject or aspect of school provision (e.g. Subject, SENCO, Faculty, Assessment, Key Stage, Year Group, etc)
What will I study?

Programme Outline

This four-day programme provides the opportunity for middle managers to improve their leadership behaviours and develop the skills required to make real changes to standards in their area of responsibility.

Previous participants have found the programme inspirational and life changing.

Delegates must attended all four days.


  • To deepen middle managers' understanding of themselves and their leadership behaviours.
  • To extend middle managers' knowledge and understanding about leadership.
  • To develop leadership skills.

Key areas covered

  • personal leadership skills and qualities;
  • the role of the middle leader/manager;
  • our current educational agenda;
  • an emotionally intelligent leader;
  • effective professional development;
  • working with teams;
  • giving feedback;
  • coaching for improvement;
  • making meetings more exciting;
  • improving teaching and learning in your area;
  • holding people to account; and
  • presentation skills.

Your Facilitator

Karen Ardley is a highly successful leadership consultant, and facilitator, specialising in all aspects of leadership.

Drawing on her wide experience as a teacher and leader in all phases of education, Karen designs and delivers outstanding and inspirational leadership programmes focused on change and improvement.

Her previous projects have included working with the education ministries of England, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kenya through NCTL. She is currently designing a leadership and quality assurance programme for United Nations school.

Recent international work has involved teachers and leaders from over sixty countries and KAA work successfully in partnership with several Teaching Schools and Multi Academy Trusts in England, as well as individual schools.

About Karen Ardley Associates

KAA is a dynamic, creative leadership, training and development consultancy.

We design and deliver professional training and development programmes for leaders and people involved with providing or supporting learning, worldwide.

Our inspirational leadership programmes and consultancy have proven success and organisational impact.

Our outstanding classroom practice programmes impact positively and directly on student engagement and progress.


‘This is without doubt, the most practical, interesting and thorough course I have been on in my time in education. It will change my classroom practice as well as making me plan, think and reflect on my leadership much more’ Dannielle White, Brussels, Belgium

‘This course will change your life…not only as a leader but as a human. Best training I have been on in my life’ Lisa Muugi, Braeburn International School, Kenya

‘I would recommend this programme without reservation. An invaluable insight into leading not managing, in complete contrast to previous middle managers courses I attended.’ Lisa Finighan, Doha College, UAE

Booking Form

Booking Information

Delegates will receive a confirmation email once the booking form has been submitted. Please allow 5 working days.



You will be invoiced for your booking after the training; please do not issue payment before receiving your invoice. Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date.

Payments can be made by cheque payable to Platt Bridge Community School, Rivingtin Ave, Platt Bridge, Wigan, WN2 5NG.



Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the training date or non attendance will be subject to a 100% charge.

Cancellations made 2 weeks prior to the training date will not be charged.