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ILA 'Embracing Leadership' Programme 2018

International Leadership Academy (ILA), The British School in the Netherlands

Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM (CET)

ILA 'Embracing Leadership' Programme 2018

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Individual Participant Fee Jan 17, 2018 €650.00 €0.00
Discounted Group Participant Fee (per person when booking at least 2 places) Jan 17, 2018 €600.00 €0.00

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Event Details

This programme, for teaching staff in leadership positions, is across 6 months and includes a leadership weekend retreat and two half day sessions.  It is structured around a ‘leadership focus’ which is specific to your role and your setting, and focuses on developing your leadership capability in practice. You will be part of a community of 20 leaders through the programme which includes face-to-face sessions, workshops, the weekend retreat, an online community and the opportunity to be part of a dynamic professional education leadership network.


Who is this programme for?

This programme is for teachers that are:

  • leaders in their first leadership position
  • middle leaders who haven't undertaken any previous leadership development

What’s involved?

The programme is delivered over five sessions across a 6 month period and includes a weekend leadership retreat:

  • Session 1 Thursday 18th January
  • Sessions 2-4 Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th March
  • Session 5 Thursday 24th May

Session 1

  • Overview of the whole programme – objectives and activities
  • Ways of working - agreements and expectations + light bulb moment idea
  • The leadership focus
  • What does leadership look like?
  • Who are you as a leader?
  • What is my impact on student learning going to be between now and the end of the programme?

Session 2

  • The leadership focus – a review of learning so far
  • How do you lead others?
  • Evening activity

Session 3

  • How do you lead others to impact on student learning?
  • Evening Activity Feedback
  • Observing learning and giving feedback on impact of teaching
  • Keeping your team focused on teaching and learning – tools to use
  • Where are you and your team? What might you use in your next team meeting?
  • Holding honest conversation – to support professional growth
  • Positive self – talk, language of leadership

Session 4

  • How do you lead within the system?
  • Reflections  + thoughts from positive self-talk exercise
  • Developing yourself and others – delegation
  • What is my impact as a leader? Intentional  / unintentional
  • Consider your unintentional impact? The power of asking for feedback
  • Where are you going as a leader – next steps?

Session 5

  • Leadership Focus Review
  • Next steps


Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme, you'll have:

  • gained an understanding of yourself and others as leaders
  • developed a range of skills necessary for good leadership
  • the skills needed to hold honest, impactful conversations
  • developed your leadership capacity in practice

Programme Dates

  • Session 1  - Thursday 18th January, 1.30-5.30pm, [Junior School Vlaskamp, the British School in the Netherlands]
  • Sessions 2-4  - Friday 23rd March,  1.30pm – Sunday 25th March, 1.30pm [weekend retreat]
  • Session 5 Thursday 24th May, 1.30-5.30pm [Junior School Vlaskamp, the British School in the Netherlands]

Programme Cost

€650 (inclusive of 2-night retreat but exclusive of travel)

Programme Facilitator

International Leadership Academy

  • Lead Facilitator – Sue Aspinall 

Over the last twenty years, Sue Aspinall has been leading schools through significant change, intent on raising the quality of learning and teaching available to their students. Having been both a Head of an inner London state school and three British International Schools based in different countries, Sue knows how it is to live a global life and transition between cultures and across countries. She has the ability to build diverse teams and motivate staff around common goals. She empowers staff to lead from within and coaches them to reach their highest aspirations. An experienced facilitator, Sue provides an impactful learning experience for leaders who want to make a difference.




  • Co-Facilitator – Paul Topping
  • Co-Facilitator – Chris Bailey 

Chris has been the Deputy Head Teacher at Junior School Vlaskamp in The Hague for four years, having previously worked in the same role in the UK state sector. Chris is studying for a Masters Degree in Education with The University of Nottingham.  His research has focused on early years and leadership best practice. The challenge of finding ways to innovate, share practice and drive professional engagement in CPD motivates him everyday.  Chris loves running and is always on the look out for his next race! 

  • Programme Lead – Liz Free

Liz Free is the Director of the International Leadership Academy (ILA) at The British School in The Netherlands. Before establishing the ILA, Liz was Head of Professional Development at Oxford University Press and established the largest CPD operation in the UK, delivering CPD domestically and internationally to 13,000 schools and 120,000 teachers annually. Liz is a Fellow of the RSA and a leading voice for developing continuing professional learning and development as a core lever for raising pupil outcomes and wellbeing. Liz is an active tweeter, blogger and author, and is a passionate advocate for education equality. She has held leadership positions as Head of Junior School, Head of Primary and Vice-Principal (ages 3-18) in the UK and USA.




Facilitator Information

The International Leadership Academy is the European home of professional learning and development for school staff.


Cancellation can be made up to six weeks before the first day of delivery by contacting us directly at .  Any participant cancellation after this time is non-refundable.

Have questions about ILA 'Embracing Leadership' Programme 2018? Contact International Leadership Academy (ILA), The British School in the Netherlands

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM (CET)

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International Leadership Academy (ILA), The British School in the Netherlands

The International Leadership Academy (ILA) is a dynamic and innovative centre of professional learning and development. Working in partnership with world-renowned organisations, we provide impactful programmes specifically designed for international school staff.


Based in The Hague, in the heart of Europe, we offer a comprehensive range of programmes covering four key strands. Together we are rethinking education for 21st century schools.


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