Certificate Course in School Leadership

Instructional Leadership (Middle School Leaders)

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The Certificate in School Leadership offers a series of 8 leadership development modules specifically aimed at new and experienced school leaders of national and international schools in India. Each of the modules is a blend of one 2-hour live webinar - with opportunities for real-time interaction, discussion, and Q&A during each module – with time to apply learning back at school. Each module will introduce relevant new learning, explore models of effective practice linked to national and international standards; and apply everything learned to your own school context.

The course has been spread over 8 weeks giving leaders an opportunity to learn - practice - reflect - improve

On completion of all of the modules, participants will be asked to submit a short-written project of 1,500 words based on the learning from all of the modules.


School leaders, Coordinators, HODs and Aspiring Leaders

Key Takeaways

By the end of the course, participants will:
  • Know what effective leadership is based on research and practice from around the world
  • Understand the components of effective leadership
  • Be able to measure their own leadership against models of good practice
  • Use current theory and research to develop their own leadership
  • Examine how best to lead teaching and learning to get great results in school
  • Explore strategies to lead and manage change for most impact
  • Build and develop high functioning teams
  1. To help you develop into a highly effective leadership coach ready to lead and develop excellent teaching and learning in your school.

  2. Explore models of best practice in the core leadership skills of situational leadership, leading change, leading people, leading teaching, the science of learning; and measuring impact and effectiveness.

  3. Work with internationally accredited experts to develop your own coaching style through mentor led workshops

  4. Witness improvement in the quality of learning and teaching through structured coaching across your school.

In collaboration with ABEA, Mister Steve Training and Consultancy offers you a series of eight 2-hour leadership development workshops with the aim of developing your skills as a middle leader in your school.

Each of the workshops will be live and there will be opportunities for Q&A during each one. The timing of each of the eight modules is spread across a period of 8 weeks to allow you the opportunity to apply learning from each module in your school.



A series of eight leadership workshops for middle leaders, heads of department, co-ordinators, middle level administrators and anyone with middle level decision making responsibility for schools in India




  • Each 2-hour workshop will focus on one key area of quality middle leadership:

    1. Workshop 1: What makes an excellent middle leader – Middle leaders are the engine room of any school; they work with teachers to ensure great learning happens. This session explores the knowledge, skills and behaviours middle leaders need to develop in order to secure real impact. 

    2. Workshop 2: Developing your leadership style – Great leadership looks like lots of different things. The most effective leaders can adapt their leadership style to match the person, situation or issue they are dealing with. This session focuses on helping leaders to develop their leadership style to get the best out of themselves and others.

    3. Workshop 3: Leading Change - We know that leaders make the weather in a school. The culture and climate in a school are important in terms of creating the conditions for success. This session explores what leaders can do to create a culture and climate of excellence within their area of responsibility. 

    4. Workshop 4: Leading people – how to have difficult conversations. Whether you are an experienced middle leader or new to middle leadership, having difficult conversations is something that can keep you awake at night. This session explores what makes difficult conversations so hard and provides practical strategies and approaches for success. 

    5. Workshop 5: Leading Teaching - Great teaching looks like lots of different things but what does the latest research tell us about what works best? This session draws on the latest research about great teaching and supports middle leaders to think about how they can put it into practice in their areas of responsibility. 

    6. Workshop 6: The Science of Learning - Through cognitive science, we know more than we ever knew before about how children learn. We know that they are capable of far more than we traditionally thought possible. This session explores how middle leaders can translate what we know about how children learn into best practices in the classroom.

    7. Workshop 7: Evaluation and Impact - School evaluation is integral to school improvement because schools need to know where they are and what they need to do to get better. This session explores what effective and accurate evaluation looks like and how evidence and data should inform our judgements.

    8. Evaluation project: In a project of about 1,500 words evaluate how one or more of the leadership training workshops has helped you develop your middle leadership.

    Each participant will receive a comprehensive resource pack for each workshop with suggestions for pre-reading, a set of course notes and guidance on how to implement new learning in school.
    On successful completion of all eight workshops, participants will be asked to submit a brief evaluation project showing how they have used the workshops to develop their own leadership. As well as receiving constructive feedback, you will be awarded a certificate of participation from ABEA as a contribution towards your professional development.

Stephen Burnage
Award winning Education Consultant & Trainer

Steve Burnage is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers (the highest professional award for teachers in the UK) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is an education consultant, inspector and author with over 35 years of experience in teaching and school leadership. Steve is responsible for leading the educational leadership work of Cambridge University Press and assessment and is the lead inspector of schools for the British Council in Egypt. Steve works all over the world leading teacher and school leader training workshops and helping schools develop and improve. He is currently working with Marshall Cavendish International and TES Global to publish a range of school leader development courses online.


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  • Frequently Asked Questions :

    For Certificate course in School Leadership.


    1. Who is the course meant for?
    There are two certificate programs under the Certificate course in School Leadership
    • Certificate course in Strategic Leadership
    This course is meant for School Leaders, School Managements, and anyone in the top leadership role in a school, aspiring school leaders
    • Certificate course in Middle Leadership
    This course is meant for Academic heads, Heads of Department, Coordinators, and aspiring Middle leaders.
    1. How will this course benefit me?
    • This course will help for middle leaders and aspiring middle leaders that addresses the needs and aspirations of schools across India; to help them develop as centers of excellence in learning and teaching.
    • A course of this kind is unique to the needs of educators with examples relevant to the schools.
    1. What is the duration of this course?
    The course is for 7 sessions of 2 hours each spread over a period of 2 months.
    1. How many modules are covered in this course?
    There will be eight modules covered during this course which have a direct correlation with the functioning of the school.
    1.  What are the course requirements?
    Regular attendance of the course, completing a self-reflective assignment at the end of the course which is a true reflection of the course learning being applied in their own school.
    1. Can you specify details about the faculty for this course?
    The course is delivered by Internationally accredited and recognised facilitator Mr. Stephen Burnage who delivers workshops with leading schools across the globe.
    1. How to participate in this course?
    Please fill out the registration form to participate in this course.
    1. Can the course fee be refunded?

    The course fee will be refunded only if the course gets cancelled. It will not be refunded in any other circumstances.