Leading a World Class School


Friday 12 January 2024 and
Friday 26 April 2024
9.30am to 3.30pm


Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE


£300 per delegate for schools with an adviser SLA with DBE Services
£325 per delegate for all other schools


Paul Duckworth – Head of School Improvement 

Paul established DBE Services school improvement service in April 2020 and has considerable experience as a primary teacher, headteacher, leadership trainer and school adviser in Lancashire.
DBE Services provides school adviser support for 140 schools across the Northwest of England and Paul presents training for school leaders and governors across the region. Paul is an experienced leadership coach and facilitator.



Dr Mike Rotheram – High Performance Coach

Mike is an HCPC Registered Performance Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He is the Director of Performance Mind Ltd and currently works as the Performance Psychologist with the England Women’s Cricket Team. He also works as a Psychology Technical Lead within the English Institute of Sport supporting GB Boxing, British Athletics, GB Para Table Tennis and Cricket. Mike has a wealth of experience in the world of performance. He has been through three Olympic cycles with the GB Speed Skating team and recently finished working with the England Lions Cricket team. Mike completed his PhD in 2007 at Sheffield Hallam University. His PhD looked at the psychological mechanisms which underpin severe performance breakdowns such as the ‘yips.’ Over the past 10 years, he has worked as a performance consultant within education, business, and health. He has worked extensively within Lancashire Education Authority delivering leadership training and coaching. He has also worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Boots and the NHS bringing the principles of performance psychology to the front line. Mike is a passionate and engaging presenter who brings the theory to life with his rich experience of working on the coalface in elite sport. 

Session details

This course will explore aspects of World Class Leadership and allow a small group of delegates (maximum 25 participants) to explore these elements in their school and their leadership.

The dimensions that will be explored include:

LEADERSHIP: Investing in People, Coaching, Managing Yourself

PERFORMANCE: Decision Making, Expectations, Prioritising, What it takes to win, Controlling the Controllables, Feedback and de-briefing

CULTURE: Trust, Psychological Safety, Legacy, Wellbeing

A STRENGTHS-BASED APPROACH: Playing to strengths, Getting the best from your team, Securing mastery – whilst providing autonomy

Delegates will be invited to visit two other schools (as part of a triad) between the two days of the programme.

Delegate charge:

£300 per delegate for SLA schools

£325 per delegate for non-SLA schools

Includes buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day and free onsite parking

Please note:
VAT will be added to all course fees. Any cancellations within 14 days of the course will be charged in full – as final places will have been confirmed with the venue at that time. 

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