New leadership development programme launched

20 March 2017

The Church of England Foundation
for Educational Leadership programme for Chief Executives of
Multi-Academy Trusts will be delivered in partnership with UCL
Institute of Education, working with Deloitte.

The programme has been shaped to
draw on the Church of England’s involvement in education over 200
years, to include UCL IOE’s deep expertise across the education
system, including academies and leadership, and to learn from
Deloitte’s business knowledge and practical experience of working
in the education sector. There will be input from leading
experts and practitioners from education as well as learning from
wider sectors.

The programme will be targeted at
existing or aspiring CEOs from Church of England Diocesan MATs,
MATs led by Church of England schools and those that include Church
of England schools.

Participants will:

  • Explore the beliefs and values that underpin their vision for
    MAT leadership
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and
    skills required for both them and their team to be effective in
    their roles
  • Develop their confidence to take responsibility for their
    schools in order to make wise and authentic leadership decisions
    both strategically and in the everyday challenges they face
  • Engage with the Church’s vision for education, considering how
    their role will shape and work to achieve this
  • Join a network of effective support, ensuring that
    transformation is sustainable, and success is shared, in order to
    improve the life chances of the pupils in their schools

The Church of England recently
launched its vision for education, which will feature heavily in
the programme, informing sessions on strategic leadership, finance,
marketing and school improvement.

Speaking about the programme, Chief
Education Officer for the Church of England Rev’d Nigel Genders
said: “I’m delighted that we will be working with expert partners
to ensure that the Church of England’s extensive experience in
education will be combined with UCL IOE’s deep understanding of the
system, and Deloitte’s experience of the business world.

“The leaders of Multi-Academy
Trusts are going to be absolutely crucial strategic figures for the
future of our education system. That’s why we are investing in them
through our Foundation for Educational Leadership, ensuring they
are equipped to carry out their important role, to offer an
education which promotes life in all its fullness for pupils, staff
and their communities.”

Toby Greany, Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the
UCL Institute of Education (UCL IOE), commented: “UCL IOE is
pleased to be working with the Church of England Foundation
for Educational Leadership and Deloitte on this important

“Senior leaders in all Multi-Academy Trusts are faced
with both exciting possibilities and
daunting responsibilities: the partnerships and
organisations they forge today are likely to shape the
educational experiences of children and staff for a generation to

“Even for an experienced Head teacher, the shift to leading a
group of schools will require new skills and
approaches.  The new programme will offer both academic
rigour and practical support to Church of England MAT leaders as
they navigate these developments.”

Julie Mercer, lead partner for
education at Deloitte, said: “The Church of England Schools play a
critical role in educating young people from all walks of life
across the country.  Great leadership teams within these
schools increasingly need to balance operational and financial
management alongside great educational outcomes. 

“Deloitte is delighted to be
working with the IoE and The Church of England Foundation for
Educational Leadership to support the development of leaders within
these schools and making a positive impact on the way in which
schools support the development of pupils and their


Notes to Editors

The Church of England Foundation
for Educational Leadership was set up last year to provide
networks, programmes and research for leaders in education

The UCL Institute of Education (UCL
IOE) has a long commitment to researching and supporting all
aspects of education, including school effectiveness, improvement
and leadership, and is arguably the world’s leading university
centre for education, having been rated top in the QS World
Rankings for education for the last three years.  The IOE
merged with UCL in 2014, reflecting the two institution’s shared
values, for example their commitment to social justice through a
rigorous but critical pursuit of practical solutions to global
challenges.  The London Centre for Leadership in Learning
(LCLL) at the UCL IOE will lead this programme.  LCLL will
offer a seamless accreditation route into its existing MBA in
Educational Leadership (International) for leaders on the CofE MAT
CEO programme that want to continue their study at this