Noctua School Alliance

Member Area

Leadership and Management

CourseMonitoring Your Subject Through Work Scrutiny
Led byAdrian Gray, MA (Cantab) National and International Consultant
DetailsIdeal for new or developing subject leaders
Subject leaders often have limited time to monitor practice in the classroom, so effective use of other techniques is

This short training session looks at improving your practice in using work scrutiny to follow up and investigate areas of interest or to monitor performance against key indicators.

It will be illustrated with ‘real life’ examples in a range of subjects
TimingsTuesday 5th March 2024Remote Online Session 9.30am - 10.45am£70.00
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseNew Headteacher Support
DetailsBeing a new headteacher can be a lonely job, and a daunting one, too.
Working alongside Leeds LA, Noctua is keen to support new or acting headteachers and existing headteachers in a new school.
We offer a series of leadership workshops to help support you.

Mentor support
Noctua offer one-to-one mentor support for new headteachers. A strategic partner of Noctua will provide up to 3 half day sessions during their first year of headship. This can involve as little as a phone call from time to time, half day learning walks or a more in-depth deep dive.
We offer confidential, professional and personal support to headteachers in primary schools. For more information, contact Rachel Horan at Park Spring Primary School: Or call 0113 255 2526

Leadership workshops
Our FREE leadership workshops are very well-received by new headteachers. Led by existing headteachers, they aim to cover key aspects of school leadership. They offer a chance to learn more, come away with some useful resources, and there’s always plenty of time for any questions, networking and sharing of good practice.
‘Really useful session…lots to take away.'

Session 1 - Finance
Wednesday 15th November 2023
9.30am – 11.30am
Park Spring Primary School
Rachel Horan looks at top tips and strategies for managing your school budget. This workshop will give you practical ways for reviewing your current budget and preparing for 2024-25 budget setting in the Spring term.

Session 2 - Self-Evaluation
Wednesday 10th January 2024
Moortown Primary School
As a new head, you’ll already be looking at what’s happening in school and evaluating what's going well and what areas you plan to address - you're already self-evaluating! This workshop, led by David Roundtree reflects on ways to self-evaluate and ways to record this in a manageable SEF.

Remaining sessions:

Session 3 - School Improvement Planning
Wednesday 13th March 2024
Scholes (Elmet) Primary School
How can we set out school improvement priorities in a way that works for us? This workshop, led by David Roundtree, considers documents and formats that are user-friendly and practical, making sure improvement is the priority rather than the paperwork.

Session 4 - Performance Management Review for Teachers
Thursday 23rd May 2024
Tranmere Park Primary School
Kirsten Finley will guide you through the performance management process.

Leadership workshops
Book directly for each workshop or informal network events with Andrea Taylor –

Mentor support
Please contact Rachel Horan or Andrea Taylor for an informal chat to place you with a Headteacher mentor - Or call 0113 255 2526

TimingsSession 3 - 13th March 24 & Session 4 - 23rd May 24Various Free
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseThe Other Ofsted Areas
DetailsA series of three sessions to consider ‘the other Ofsted areas’ for Headteachers and Deputy Heads.

Each session focuses on one particular area of the current Ofsted Inspection Framework – but not the Quality of Education one and the deep dives that this involves!

Session 1: Personal Development
The session focuses on this big, but sometimes confusing, area: personal development.
What is personal development? How can school leaders have a sharper focus on provision to support this?

Led by David Roundtree, headteacher of Moortown Primary, Scholes (Elmet) Primary and St James' CE Primary (Wetherby).

Date: Thursday 23rd November 2023
Remote session: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Remaining sessions:

Session 2: Behaviour and Attitudes
This session focuses on the Ofsted area of behaviour and attitudes.
What do schools need to demonstrate to show good or better behaviour and pupil attitudes? How can school leaders evidence their work in this area?

Led by Kirsten Finley, headteacher of Tranmere Park Primary.

Date: Thursday 21st March 2024
Remote session: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Session 3: Early Years
This session focuses on inspection of Early Years: curriculum, leadership and children's learning behaviours.
Does your Early Years curriculum ambitiously help children to know, remember and apply their knowledge, preparing them well for the curriculum in KS1?

How do leaders support the implementation of the Early Years curriculum, ensuring there are high levels of ambition with no limits or barriers to children's achievements?

Is the balance of explicit teaching and personalised learning linked to children's interests and experiences, motivating and engaging pupils effectively?

Led by Sarah Alderson, Assistant Head, Strategic Lead for EYFS and EYFS SLE

Date: Monday 25th March 2024
Venue: Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School
Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

£75 for each individual session or £200 for all three.

To book individual sessions, please state on the booking form which session/sessions are required.
TimingsThursday 21st March & Monday 25th March 20241.30pm-3.30pm£75 for each individual session or £200 for all three.
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseThe 'Real David Cameron' Leadership Development
Led byThe Real David Cameron
DetailsThe Real David Cameron is a presenter/speaker, trainer, mentor, coach and adviser.

He has delivered conferences at home and abroad, including TEDx Buenos Aires, Northern Rocks and works with schools throughout the UK and internationally, alongside some of the most influential people and the best practitioners in the world of education and training.

Session details:

9.00am - 9.45am - I Will Survive………

In this opening session David Cameron will take an overview of the challenges that school leaders currently face and emphasise why it is so important that we look at how we can meet these. It will include lots of practical advice, approaches and strategies.

That will lead in to a series of short focussed workshops addressing some key issues for school leaders

9.45am- 10.45am - Handling Difficult Conversations

It seems that we are getting involved in more and more difficult conversations with parents and with staff. This session will give you the opportunity to get some advice on how to deal with these and to share some of your own experience and approaches

11.05am- 11.45am - If “Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast”, How Do We Get Our School Culture Right?

We are continually told how important culture is but we don’t always follow up what that means for our practice as school leaders. This workshop session aims to put that right

11.50am - 12.40pm - Can We Meet The Behaviour Challenge?

Behaviour and how we respond to it is one of the most important challenges that we face and one of the most controversial. This session will look at the current and, often, contradictory, advice that we get and ask how we establish our own policies and strategies

12.40pm - 1.00pm - The Big Finish

Venue: Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School
TimingsFriday 21st June 20249am - 1pm£85.00
BookingClick here to book your place
Course‘Say less, ask more’ - Stuart Herrington
Led byAn Invaluable 2 Day Leadership Coaching Skill Course delivered by Stuart Herrington – Leadership, Coaching & Development
DetailsDates: TBC

“Say less, ask more” gives you time to reflect and respond to your current main school improvement challenges, by focussing on what you really want and how to achieve this.

This two day coaching course:
 Gives you quality thinking time so you can find your best solution to opportunities and challenges in your setting
 Focusses on the key principles of coaching, including how adults learn best
 Builds in practical sessions to develop your listening and coaching skills, including the quality of questions you ask
 Considers how self-limiting beliefs can hold back leadership, teaching and learning
 Develops awareness of different forms of resistance and possible ways to respond to these
 Shares coaching tools and techniques you can use back in school.

Event location:

Please email to register interest.
TimingsTBC9am-3pm£255.00 per delegate (2 days training including lunch)