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GwE Leadership Development Programmes

International research demonstrates that leadership is second only to classroom teaching as an influence on learning and outcomes.

We believe that all our practitioners are leaders whether they lead learners, other practitioners or schools. We are committed to building leadership capacity by encouraging and supporting all practitioners to develop their own leadership potential and the leadership potential of others.

GwE are committed therefore to introducing a progressive, practice-based, career-long development of leadership for all. This is embodied in the leadership development pathway. The pathway reflects National principles and strategies for leadership development and is wholly consistent with the Professional Learning Model. It is underpinned by the Leadership Standards and the support and development opportunities within it will be flexible to the individual needs and circumstances of each practitioner.

GwE, in collaboration with other key stakeholders, have planned and prepared a comprehensive cross-sector Leadership Programme for practitioners of the Region.

We hope you will take advantage of these effective professional development opportunities.


MLDP – Middle Leadership Development Programme
This development programme is for current middle leaders in special, primary and secondary schools across the region.  It is a cross-phase approach that will:

  • Increase your knowledge
  • Improve your confidence
  • Develop your leadership and management skills

There are six face-to-face days, with one day for school-to-school visits.

Please see the MLDP prospectus and application form below:
Prospectus – MLDP – Cohort 8 and 9
MLDP – Application Form – Cohort 8 and 9

ILM Leadership and Management – Level 4 and 5 Diploma – Education Professionals
The level 4 and 5 Diploma is a Higher Apprenticeship programme that aims to develop your management and leadership skills and techniques through a mixed assessment method, providing you with a qualification that is highly valued within education and intermationally recognised across all sectors of industry.

AHLDP – Aspiring Headteacher Development Programme
This development programme is for current senior leaders.
This programme will be a cross-phase approach that will enable all participants to understand, appreciate, share and collaborate with colleagues across the region.
There will be two groups in each language; two Welsh medium and two English medium groups.
Each group will comprise of 16 practitioners.
There are 6 face to face days and 1 day in school.
Please see the AHLDP Prospectus and Application Form below:
Prospectus – AHLDP – Cohort 3 and 4
AHLDP – Application form – Cohort 3 and 4

NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) 
The NPQH assessment programme decides whether or not a candidate meets the requirements to be awarded the Qualification.

NHDP – New Headteacher Development Programme
Information to follow.

HDP – Headteacher Development Programme
An unique and exciting professional development for successful Headteachers who are ready to progress to the next stage of their career. A 4 day programme that explores core leadership themes important for effective performance including:

  • leading change and successful outcomes
  • delivery to all stakeholders
  • empowerment and accountability
  • problem solving
  • teamwork
  • coaching

Opportunities are provided for you to study the development of the personal leadership behaviours, values and skills that impact on your own life, your teams and your school.
You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Headteachers in the GwE region.