AoC Senior Leadership Development Programme – Spring 2020

AoC’s Senior Leadership Programme is designed and tailored to meet the current and evolving development needs of leaders in the FE sector.

The programme aims to challenge and change behaviours, develop the personal qualities, leadership skills and high-level management capability of senior leaders. This is achieved through practical application of the learning to the workplace.

Our experienced facilitators use case studies from FE and the wider education sector, commercial sector and voluntary and community organisations.  You will have opportunities to listen, to question, to discuss issues with peers and tutors, to receive feedback and put your learning into practice. It will allow you time to reflect on how you operate in your college and you will leave the programme bursting with confidence to develop your leadership skills.


Spring 2020

10-11 March 2020 – Module 1: Personal Impact as a Senior Leader

12-13 May 2020 – Module 2: Leading Strategic Thinking

7-8 July 2020 – Module 3: Leading Transformation Change


You will leave with:

  • enhanced skills and knowledge required by senior leaders to lead complex education and training organisations
  • improved understanding to empower and engage employees to enhance performance and increase productivity
  • increased resilience and personal confidence to lead effectively through change


Meet our facilitators

Larry Shulman

Larry has experience helping both public and private sector organisations reach even higher levels of performance excellence and results. He will bring his experience of over 15 years as an organisational consultant, facilitator and executive coach to the programme. His clients have included Miller Brands UK (SAB Miller), Horizon Nuclear Power, NHS Blood & Transplant and Cancer Research UK. He also works with a number of colleges around the UK.

Debbie Wilshire

Debbie has twenty years’ experience as a senior post holder in further education and has had leadership roles in small, medium and very large/complex colleges. Debbie has had board level experience since the 1990s in a range of sectors and now runs her own company providing leadership and management training and development. She uses her vast experience to build the confidence of individuals on the programme to help them develop their leadership skills.


What is the format of the programme?

The programme consists of three core two-day residential modules with further support between modules through individual and group coaching. There is flexibility to undertake the full programme or individual modules to meet your personal needs. If you are taking the full programme then it is recommended that module one is taken first, followed by two and then three. Full details of each module can be found by clicking on the programme tab below.


Is the programme assessed?

There is no formal assessment. However, there will be pre-reading and/or tasks for you to complete ahead of the modules and follow-up work based on reflection, personal development, action planning and application of learning from the modules.  Individual tutorial support is included to maximise the learning opportunities and their practical implementation.


What tutoring will you receive between modules?

Between each residential delivery of the modules, you will be guided to develop structured action plans and gain career coaching:

  • you will develop and submit action plans to your coach for review and progression
  • coaches will monitor progress and review impact on a 1:1 or small group basis
  • you will be encouraged to meet together in a tutor-led ‘learning set’ to share experiences and help each other with problem solving


Who should attend?

This programme is designed for senior managers and leaders working in the further education and skills sector wishing to improve management and leadership skills in their current senior role, or who aspire to move on to the next level. Participants should be able to demonstrate significant experience in people management, resource and financial/budgetary responsibility.

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Key information

Date:10 Mar 2020

Modules 1 & 3 – Ashorne Hill Conference Centre

Module 2 – Warwick Conferences


£1200 + VAT per individual module, including catering and one night’s accommodation.


Each module is delivered on a residential basis over two days. One night’s accommodation (between the two days) and all meals are included in each module price. Hotel bookings will be made for you. If you require accommodation the night before the first day, there will be the option to add this to your booking for an additional £85 + VAT.


Registration and programme enquiries:
020 7034 2620

Finance queries:
020 7034 9900