Schools Middle Leadership Program - Women & Leadership New Zealand

Schools Middle Leadership Program

Supporting the development of exceptional leaders in New Zealand schools

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Schools Middle Leadership Program

Program Snapshot

Ideal for

Aspiring and current middle leaders in schools


4 months, part-time


1.5 hours per week

Total learning time

18 professional learning hours


$2990 + GST



As a woman in a middle leadership position in a school, the information and interactions affirmed for me that I wasn’t alone in what I was experiencing, and that my thoughts and opinions were valid and realistic given the topics we explored. I found the peer coaching to be exceptionally rewarding, and the guidance and resources have enabled me to reflect on my practice deeply and practically. It really was a great experience for me and something I would highly recommend to others.

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Program Overview

Develop a holistic approach to leadership that supports you, your team and your school

As schools grapple with new distributed approaches to leadership, the role of middle leaders is becoming increasingly complex, varied and demanding.

The Schools Middle Leadership Program is delivered part time over four months, building the key leadership behaviours and mindsets that are critical at middle leadership level, as you take an important step forward from managing self to managing others.

Guided by a school leadership expert, you will draw on your personal experience and context, learn from and alongside your peers, and extend your learning with applied learning activities and self-paced learning through our interactive online portal.

Learn from the experts in school leadership

Benefit from our unparalleled expertise and nearly 20 years of experience in supporting leaders in schools. We have a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that school leaders encounter. By blending the latest research, leadership best practices, and peer learning experiences, you develop the essential skills, strategies, and networks you need to thrive.

The Schools Middle Leadership Program provides teachers with the equivalent of 18 professional learning hours.

Participant Profile

This program is designed for a wide range of positions including curriculum and subject leaders, heads of departments and year level leaders, lead and expert teachers and teachers in positions of added responsibility or other leadership responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes

Build the leadership capabilities to set you up for success

Identify your capabilities and practices as an influential learner and leader

Implement strategies for improving and managing team dynamics

Drive positive change and respond to the challenges facing middle school leaders

Analyse the importance of diversity and inclusivity within learning environments

Apply evidence-based, work-integrated professional learning.

Program Modules

During the Schools Middle Leadership Program, you will explore:

Exploring the joys and challenges of middle leadership

Explore the role of middle leaders in today’s school environment, consider the key challenges and leadership trends in New Zealand schools, and identify your learning goals for the program.

Defining your leadership style

Explore what leadership means to you, and what type of leader you want to be. By focusing on self-awareness, you will identify your leadership strengths and values, and explore how they impact your leadership practice.

Fostering exceptional teamwork

Discover the elements that define high-performing teams. Explore the importance of trust in effective leadership and develop strategies for increasing team collaboration and staff motivation.

Driving change and overcoming leadership challenges

Explore what it means to lead change in school environments, and how to find strategic, informed, practical and inspired solutions to real-world challenges.

Leading diverse and inclusive learning environments

Discover strategies to lead inspiring, inclusive environments. You will analyse how your context influences your own leadership style, in the context of system and school influences.

Reflect and reconnect

Consolidate your learning and celebrate your achievements in this final webinar. You will share your personal leadership journey and discuss future directions.

Program Experience

Guided by an expert facilitator with deep knowledge of school leadership, the Schools Middle Leadership Program includes:
  • six 90-minute group webinars
  • self-paced learning using interactive resources in our learning portal
  • practical, applied learning activities connection and networking opportunities
  • peer coaching activities to hone your skills.

Enquiries and Enrolments

To enrol, fill out the enquiry form and one of our friendly Program Advisors will be in touch.

Program Fees

Standard fee: $2990 + GST

The enrolment fee covers all tuition, program related materials and access to the online learning management system.