for schools opens its doors. From September the National College for
School Leadership (NCSL) will start welcoming headteachers and
aspiring heads to its£28m Learning and Conference Centre in
The centre will offer a wide range of programmes, seminars and other
professional development opportunities designed to promote and
develop leadership skills in schools. These will be available not
just to heads but also to deputy heads, department heads, year heads
and others with leadership responsibilities in schools. It's
anticipated more than 20,000 delegates will come to the purpose-built
residential centre in its first year.
'This is a landmark moment in educational leadership' said Heather Du
Quesnay, director and chief executive of NCSL. 'Leading and managing
a school is a rewarding but at the same time challenging and complex
business. This wonderful new learning and conference facility will
enable us to offer valuable knowledge, support and inspiration to
school leaders. In doing so we will go a long way to ensuring schools
can deliver the high quality education our children deserve.'
A four month programme of events beginning in September has been
organised to celebrate the launch of the College. The official
opening will take place on 24 October and will involve some of the
top names in education and leadership as well as a number of senior
government representatives, including secretary of state for
education and skills Estelle Morris.
Other events in the launch programme include:
- E-learning: Transforming tomorrow's education today (2 October) -
chaired by David Puttnam, this conference will show how e-learning is
transforming teaching and learning. It will also include a video
address by Baroness Ashton.
- An International Future: Learning from best practice worldwide
(16 to 18 October) - bringing together school leaders and policy
makers from this country and abroad, this event will explore examples
of innovative school leadership practice from around the world
- Practitioner Voices: Using enquiry to influence change
(14 November) - a workshop-based event to showcase the work of
headteachers who are carrying out research into leadership through
NCSL's Research Associates programme
- Leading the Creative School (22 November) - a seminar to explore
some of the key issues surrounding the use of creativity in
- Transformation and the Leadership of Complex Change (29 November)
- a seminar exploring the processes of change in schools led by world
renowned experts in the field, Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves.
- Student Leadership (2 December) - a series of seminars on how
students can affect leadership in schools for example as lesson
The National College for School Leadership already runs the three
national headteacher training programmes, including the National
Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). It is also developing
a fourth national programme for subject and specialist leaders.
In addition the College has piloted and is continuing to develop a
wide range of more specialist and niche training programmes, for
example for ethnic minority teachers aspiring to headship and for
headteachers wanting to improve their knowledge of how to use ICT
strategically in schools.
The College is also committed to the principle of networked learning
and has established nearly 50 'innovation' networks across the
country, involving more than 500 schools.
All the College's work is built on the foundations of extensive and
ongoing research into school leadership, much of which is shaped and
carried out by serving headteachers.
The National College for School Leadership was launched in November
2000 by the prime minister. For the last eighteen months it has been
operating temporarily in accommodation on the Jubilee Campus,
Nottingham and delivering training programmes, seminars and other
leadership development activities regionally around the country and
through NCSL's online arm www.ncsl.org.uk
It's hoped that all school leaders will visit NCSL's Learning and
Conference centre at least once in their career. However to ensure
that school leaders across the country can be involved with and
benefit from the College many of our programmes and activities will
still be made available regionally and online.