Our virtual Leadership Development sessions enable school leaders to immerse themselves in the context and practice of another Challenge Partners school with expertise in a specific area, phase or subject. 

Please click on the links below to find out further details about each session.

If you have an area of excellence or you're developing exciting and innovative practice and would like to share your work, please let us know! We are very keen to host more virtual sessions on an array of diverse and interesting topics. Contact aziz.ziriat@challengepartners.org for further information - we would love to hear from you.


Upcoming Events:

*Further virtual LDDs are being finalised for the Autumn term


Previous events:

Creating a Sustainable and Cost Effective Research-informed Continuing Professional Development Programme

Presented by Andrew Jones, Assistant Headteacher at The Reach Free School and co-Hub Manager of our Herts and Bucks Hub

Watch the full-length presentation HERE

Andrew will cover how his own school has created professional development programmes that combine the latest innovative educational research with in-school best practice, as well as fully covering the Department for Education's Standard for Teachers' Professional Development.


Diversity within the Curriculum

Presented by Shalina Patel, Head of Teaching and Learning and Teacher of History at Claremont High School Academy

Watch the full-length presentation HERE

Shalina’s session covers ways you can start decolonising your curriculum and how building in opportunities to raise the racial literacy of staff is key in supporting this process. The session will also cover examples of how best to utilise situations beyond the classroom that will allow diversity to be embedded, so that students have a truly inter-sectional experience.


Sensory Profiling

Presented by Heidi Alexander (Deputy Head, John Grant School) and Belinda Brookes (Assistant Head, John Grant School) 

Watch the full-length presentation HERE


Creating a Recovery Curriculum

Presented by Nicola Forster, Headteacher of North Primary School and Senior Partner of the Compass hub & Dr Karen Edge, Institute of Education

The full-length presentation will be available shortly HERE.

Listen to Nicola and Karen discuss the impact of COVID-lockdown on young people and staff and discover simple steps to support all in the transition back into school life.


Global Curriculum and Curriculum Design

Presented by Rob Carpenter, CEO of the Inspire Partnership Trust 

Watch the full-length presentation HERE

Rob’s session examines the core purpose of education in a complex modern society using examples from the Inspire Partnership to build a powerful case study for a world centred curriculum leading to high quality learning AND a deeper engagement with community needs.


Retaining a cross-curricular primary approach to the new Ofsted framework

Presented by Kate Frood, Headteacher, Eleanor Palmer School

Watch the full-length presentation HERE

Learn about Kate's work on retaining a cross-curricular primary approach to the new Ofsted framework, the centrality of pedagogy to their approach and reflect on lessons learnt from remote learning so far.


Strategies to understand and support children and young people who have experienced trauma

Presented by Ian Hunkin, Director of The Sigma Teaching School

Watch the full-length presentation HERE

Hear from Ian Hunkin, Director of The Sigma Teaching School, about evidence-based approaches that have been designed to help school staff understand and support children and young people who have experienced trauma


Making the shift to remote working

Presented by Graham Macauley, Director of Technology for Learning , LEO Academy Trust 

Watch the full-length presentation HERE!

Discover more about the LEO Academy’s journey to implementing an effective whole-school approach to remote learning. Hear about the challenges and successes they’ve encountered and reflect on how their experiences can help you in your own setting.

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