Take your place – Supporting Future Leaders

SESLIP has developed this programme to support future leaders in Children’s Social Care, Education, SEND, Early Help and other aspects of children’s services.

What is Take your Place? The programme is made up of a range of flexible learning opportunities for leaders and managers who may be interested in moving to more senior roles. This includes experiential learning, workshops and other opportunities. Participants are free to pick and choose which elements they would like to take part in. 

Who is it for? It is open to people who want to progress to more senior roles and also those who would like to improve their leadership skills. Our market research for setting up this programmme identified considerable ambivalence about applying for senior roles in our current workforce (less than 40% of those asked had active plans to apply).

How much do the training courses cost? All are free at the point of access and have been paid for by your authority as part of their SESLIP subscription. We make ask authorities to help us prioritise applicants if course become oversubscribed.

Take Your Place Leadership Development Programme – This is a free to access CPD leadership programme for third tier managers. The course will start with a residential on the 16th and 17th June, followed by virtual workshops on the 11th July, 12th September, 27th September and a final face to face session on the 13th October. Each SESLIP large authority has two places and small authorities a single place. The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd April, after this date places reserved for each authority will be allocated to the waiting list. Your final nominations need to be endorsed by your DCS and details sent to mark@markevansconsulting.co.uk.  Those nominated will be asked to complete a short online questionnaire with the Staff College to confirm their place.  More information is available in the attached flyer.

Black and Asian Leaders 27&28 January and 4 May 2022

We are pleased to have developed a partnership with The Staff College to deliver this programme and join with them in their mission to unite, engage, empower and elevate current and prospective BAME leaders. By raising awareness of challenges and to providing support to help overcome negative experiences.

SESLIP has secured places on this leadership programme as part our Future Leaders programme - Take your Place. Each authority is entitled to access places (at no additional cost as it is included as part of SESLIP subscription).

The two and a half day programme will be structured around the different stages of development of a career from middle to senior leadership. It is designed to provide opportunities for participants to reflect on how the journey can be different for Black and Asian leaders, helping them to take decisions about how they should respond and focus on the added value that Black/Asian leadership can bring.

The aims and objectives are to:

  • Explore some of the key features of successful leadership of Children’s Services at a senior level;
  • Build awareness of the personal and professional challenges associated with being a Black or Asian leader;
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to develop strategies for successfully dealing with these challenges and become a more confident leader;
  • Introduce concepts relating to other styles of leadership from around the world;
  • Consider how Cultural Competence can support improvement for individual leaders, organisations and communities;
  • Inspire authenticity in leadership;
  • Create the opportunity for participants to establish a support network.
  • A further one day BALI session will take place 11 to 12 weeks after residential. Participants will be expected to complete some work between the two events.

Please contact Mark Evans (details below) for details of future programmes.

How did SESLIP decide what to include in Take your Place?

In late 2019 we commissioned a piece of research. The report helped us to develop an understanding of the demographics and development needs of future leaders of children’s services in the South East. We recognise that we may future potential future leaders have reservations about applying for senior roles. These concerns relate to combination of pull factors (e.g. wanting to stay close to the frontline) and push factors (e.g. not understanding the role of senior officers, the political interface etc). Take you place is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore these issues with current children’s services leaders and expert partner organisations.

This report is the first stage of our development - we would be keen to hear from you what you would like to see in this programme in the future. Please contact Mark Evans (details below).

    Next Event - 16 and 17 June 2022

    Aspirant AD Course

    16 and 17 June and other dates

    To book please contact Mark@markevansconsulting.co.uk

    Contact Details

    CSC Workforce and DfE Project Phase 2 Lead: Mark Evans
    07803 147072
    SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
    07880 787007