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Join exceptional women from across the education sector for high impact peer to peer learning.

Attend our Women Leading in Education course to create a personal vision of what it means to be a great leader and enhance your capabilities to meet this challenge. Define your values and career goals and develop your leadership style. Learn to react to opportunities and use practical tips to gain power and influence for stepping-up and progressing further.

Through discussion and practical exercises, identify strategies to lead with purpose and conviction. Establish techniques to set boundaries and remain true to your vision. Leave the day with an action plan to become a better leader, overcome barriers to success and propel towards greater performance.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

This course will be delivered via Zoom.

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Nicola Lowit
Training Consultant

Nicola is an experienced Senior Civil Servant, trainer, facilitator, and mindfulness teacher. With a background in learning and development, she worked in the voluntary sector and for the Open University before joining Central Government as an Education Advisor to prisons in England and Wales. Since then, Nicola has worked in a number of high profile roles within the Prison Service and the Ministry of Justice, including leading negotiations with the Youth Justice Board for the provision of custodial places for young people; setting up and leading the first Cross-Departmental Strategy Unit for Women in the Criminal Justice system; and ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Strengthen your confidence and personal insight
  • Create an environment where everybody can thrive
  • Develop your leadership style to improve your impact
  • Learn to generate buy-in and enhance your ability to obtain results
  • Establish an action-plan to develop you into the leader you want to be
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Women in Leadership: What Makes Great Leader?

  • Identify inspiring leaders and why they are thought so
  • Discuss the strategies of high achieving women versus men
  • Define potential barriers to development for women in leadership positions
  • Reflect on the relationship between effective leadership and performance in organisations
10:45 - 11:30

Leading with Authentic Purpose

  • Pinpoint leadership strengths, styles and aspirations
  • Mentoring and coaching women: what can you get from it
  • Investigate your impact and the qualities needed to improve it
  • Learn about vision and engagement as leaders’ two core activities
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:30

Stepping Up with Confidence

  • Identify your achievements and skills
  • Align your authentic self with people’s perception
  • Know your strengths, weaknesses, talents and biases
  • Why language matters: talking about yourself and challenging negative messages
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Techniques and Pathways to Senior Roles

  • Recognise opportunities for upward growth
  • Effective networking: practical tips to gain power and influence
  • Employ a collaborative approach to negotiating: the win-win approach
  • Generate senior leadership buy-in and influence at a business strategy level
14:15 - 15:15

Workshop: The Strategic Power of Saying No

In this workshop, delegates will apply strategies to say no, and practice them in challenging situations. This will enable them to:

  • Stay true to your core values
  • Understand why, when and how to say no
  • Learn the differences between barriers and boundaries
15:15 - 15:30

Afternoon Break

15:30 - 16:00

Action-Planning: Be the Leader You Envisioned

  • Define which core competencies you need to develop further and how
  • Determine your current impact and the one you want to have as a leader
  • Identify potential obstacles and how you can overcome them to the best of your abilities
  • Establish alignment between your personal purpose and the purpose of your organisation
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close