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In just ten days' time the world's first national leadership centre ...
In just ten days' time the world's first national leadership centre

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

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.

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