Inspiring Leaders

Leadership and Continuing Professional Learning & Development (CPLD)

DTSA offers high quality CPLD in Leadership, Core Subjects, Early Careers Teachers (ECT), Teaching and Learning as well as providing bespoke whole school CPLD packages. We aim to help you develop and maintain good to outstanding practice and to create a culture where professional dialogue and reflection enable you to achieve excellence across your whole school.


We offer training courses at a number of local venues in the Derby and Derbyshire area, as well as online. We can work with you to plan a whole school INSET day or design a planned Continuing Professional Learning & Development strategy so that our trainers and consultants can work with your staff to deliver high quality, cost effective continuing professional development for teachers and leaders.


Our sessions are based on in-depth research and identified best practice and delivered by colleagues with a deep understanding of pedagogy and andragogy. Our trainers are highly skilled who can support you in moving your improvement plans forward to have a positive impact on pupil outcomes and teacher well being.


Our offer is reviewed every year to ensure that it remains relevant within a challenging landscape and contains best practice at all levels as we believe that it is essential to deliver across all levels and sectors.

Derby City Secondary Heads Peer Challenge

Stronger together: How great leadership and collaboration within and between schools can make the biggest difference for pupils.

A celebration and examination of how the everyday leadership habits of heads and deputies can build engagement and motivation of their staff. A timely reminder of what really matters in leadership and a chance for individual heads and deputies to celebrate their current strengths as well as identify potential areas for growth as teams and individuals.


An exploration of key behaviours that will enable really effective peer working between schools to deliver a positive process that helps each and every secondary phase school in Derby to really own their next move forward.

Secondary Heads have made a commitment to adopt a peer challenge approach between all schools with secondary-age students.


The scheme will be organised between triads of schools and initially, the triad discussions will provide support for the headteachers, focussing on Covid and other current issues. When the time is appropriate, site visits involving SLT colleagues will commence.

Preparing for Peer Challenge 

To prepare, half-day leadership development sessions were led online with Andy Buck during the Spring Term 2021.


Andy Buck

Author, speaker, former headteacher and director at National College, now the CEO of Leadership Matters, creator of the BASIC coaching model and founder of Cadogan Press and the StARTed Foundation.

Following on from the final one of Andy Buck’s sessions for the Peer Challenge project recently, here are the slides from that meeting.

Please click on the link below.

Derby Secondary Heads Peer Challenge Slides


All Derby City headteachers were sent this link with the password, to distribute to their senior leadership teams, on Monday 8th February.

The slide share was completed with active participants so if you would like a copy of this zoom recording then please contact Deb Outhwaite at stating your name, school and reason for request.

DTSA Termly Headteacher Development Days

These development days are open to headteachers or appropriate senior leadership of any type of school in the city or county. The days focus on the leadership of learning and give opportunities to address your own issues from your own context.


The course will enable senior leadership to develop high quality relationships and partnerships, provide opportunities to share experiences and develop professionally and to find quality time to reflect and take part in individual, small and whole group activities that improve a head’s ability to lead on learning.


“Curriculum input in the morning was spot on for my school and our current agenda.”
“Always good to ask questions, only another Headteacher can answer!”


Where physical meetings cannot be held, online meetings are being held at a cost of £100 per person, per session.

DTSA Termly Headteacher Development Days

Group 1
Friday 25 June 2021

Group 5
To be confirmed

Cost: £100 per person (normally £165)

Facilitator: Sandra Fletcher, Educational Consultant
Venue: Online (via Zoom)

For enquiries please email

Professional Development

We offer NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL in partnership with Inspiring Leaders.

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership is a qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a middle leader. The programme is aimed at individuals in primary, secondary and special school settings with responsibility for leading a team, which may include key stage leaders, curriculum area leaders, pastoral services, subject leaders, heads of department or SENCOs. This qualification is designed to support you in becoming a highly effective middle leader with skills, confidence and knowledge to drive successful team performance and improve classroom practice.

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership is a qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader.

The NPQSL is aimed at senior leaders in primary, secondary and special school settings with cross-school responsibilities. This includes experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, assistant heads and other senior staff looking for further professional development but not aspiring to headship at this stage in their career.

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

The National Professional Qualification for Headship is the nationally accepted route into headship and the content of this qualification has been developed in partnership with some of the best school leaders in the country.

Inspiring leaders aims to develop and deliver the best possible route into headship by utilising the content combined with input, inspiration and expertise from experienced, outstanding headteachers, providing participants with a gold standard route into headship. It is expected participants will complete the programme within 12-18 months.

The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders (NPQEL)

The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders is for:

    • Aspiring and current executive Headteachers working across two or more schools
    • Aspiring and current Chief Executive Officers (CEOs)
  • Those in, or aspiring to, similar roles within a MAT, federation or equivalent

Inspiring leaders aims to develop and deliver a ‘gold standard’ route into executive leadership by drawing upon the inspiration and expertise of experienced outstanding executive leaders and CEOs as well as leaders from outside of education to address the challenges of leading multiple organisations. This programme aims to attract and to develop the most aspirant and effective leaders from across the region.


To learn more about these programmes, please contact Deborah Outhwaite on 01332 706806 for an informal chat.

Packtypes and NQT Self-Review and development by Inside Out Leadership

Packtypes Transformations for ECT (previously NQT/RQT)

This provides valuable priorities for job applications as well as a “user friendly, ready to go” self-review tool for first teaching positions, which can easily be shared with mentors and team leaders/heads of department/key stage/phase leaders.

How it works:

  • Packtypes kit are sent to your home address (£30.98 plus postage)
  • An invitation to a virtual session is sent to you. In this session you will learn how to use the pack for your own self-awareness and that of your role and organisation
  • You will profile yourself and be led through the interpretation process in order to identify your strengths and attributes.
  • Our dedicated Programme Mentor will discuss the key strengths revealed by your Packtypes Profile and identify potential development actions and opportunities
  • A guide to using the pack to profile the needs of their students is also included plus a summary tool to inform planning, resourcing and learning facilitation.

Virtual coaching groups of 6 (maximum)


  • 2.5 hours with a break.
  • £500 plus packs as priced above

Email for more information.

Packtypes Transformations for Inside Out Leadership


There are 3 fundamental stages of Inside Out Leadership:

  • A clear review plan to optimise efficiency by using your strengths,
  • Opportunities for collaboration established
  • Areas to adapt and grow



  • Based around a group of up to 6 participants from groups such as ML, SL, NPQH and NPQEL
  • Packtypes kits are posted out to each participant and a zoom call arranged
  • You will be introduced to Packtypes by profiling the attributes of a leader you admire
  • You will then profile the ideal attributes/requirements of the leadership position in your own career stage, considering the changing context and post-pandemic environment
  • Working in pairs or small groups you will come up with an aggregated view
  • You will profile your own key strengths and attributes and map these against the aggregated profile
  • The final stage will be to establish a development plan from self-reflection to goals, with clearly defined areas to focus on

Virtual coaching groups of 6 (maximum)


  • 2.5 hours with a break
  • £500 plus packs as priced above

Email for more information.