Our high-quality professional development courses, focusing on the latest international practices, enable leaders and teachers to strengthen their knowledge and skills and to create an enriched learning experience for students. We offer training courses that are designed and developed for both teachers and school leaders, ensuring improvements and enhancements are embedded throughout every level of the school. Courses are delivered by the Connecting Classrooms global network of experienced professional trainers, who are ready to share their experience, effective practices and advice with your teachers and leaders.


Designed and tested by specialists in school leadership and experienced facilitators, the programme is made up of 11 modules. These modules can be shaped into different, personalised training packages to suit educators’ needs, and can be delivered in three alternative ways.

British Council staff can help you to identify which modules would be most appropriate and to design a course that will empower your head teachers to make a positive and lasting difference to the teaching and learning in their schools.

This menu of modules allows you to pick and choose the ones that suit the needs of your head teachers:

  • Leading and managing and leadership styles 
  • Building teams 
  • Creating and communicating a vision 
  • Leading effective teaching and learning 
  • The power of coaching 
  • Planning, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing, and self-evaluation 
  • Managing change 
  • Building leadership capacity and developing staff 
  • Developing inclusive schools and classrooms 
  • Protecting children in your school 
  • Leading your school’s finance 


Programmes can vary from a one day workshop to a six month programme involving two face-to-face sessions over a six month period when participants can begin to implement their learning in their schools. 

Each participant can expect: 

  • Guidance from an experienced facilitator 
  • Specially-commissioned leadership materials to take back to the workplace, including a personal resource manual in which head teachers can reflect on what they have learned and shared and note down any actions to take back to their schools 
  • Rich and visual stimulus material, including PowerPoint presentations, associated hand-outs and videos 
  • Plenty of opportunities to reflect on and share their experience with peers 

Leading Core Skills

leading curriculum development in schools

Head teachers will learn about:

  • the connection between effective leadership practices and the core skills 
  • the most effective curriculum development practices of school leaders as established by the international evidence base 
  • the core principles of a variety of approaches to designing effective curriculum experiences.

Overview and concepts

The programme draws on evidence and models of effective school leadership, effective curriculum leadership, and effective continuing professional development (CPD).

A core concept is the importance of CPD in curriculum development. There are four key curriculum leadership principles that highlight the effectiveness of leaders:

  • aligning curriculum development with school improvement priorities and CPD 
  • using CPD to support curriculum development and, at the same time, capitalize on the momentum curriculum development gives to CPD to help build capacity
  • securing staff ownership and authorship of the curriculum development
  • balancing challenge and support for staff resulting in informal monitoring, close scrutiny and supervision rather than post-hoc evaluation. 

The five key curriculum delivery principles at the centre of the programme coalesce around: 

  • curriculum flexibility and depth to enable conceptual development and learning transfer
  • contextualising learning experiences 
  • talk and group work 
  • assessment for learning (AfL) and challenge for all pupils
  • teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD). 

Some of the key concepts underpinning leadership of the curriculum connect very directly with the core skills, including the importance of:

  • collaboration and communication for expanding perspectives and creating opportunities for critical thinking and securing access to the curriculum 
  • ensuring flexibility to support depth in engagement and the transfer of learning between contexts. This requires leaders and teachers to model creativity
  • building incrementally on students’ prior knowledge and beliefs and securing challenge for all, where the most effective strategies highlighted by reviews usually involve critical thinking and problem solving.

Contact us to find out more about our school leadership programme.

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