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The Confident Executive Leadership Programme

The Confident Executive Leadership programme is the premium programme for BAME leaders in the UK.  Through utilising the experience of CEOs, experienced headteachers and advisors, the programme guides participants, whilst re-affirming the skills, knowledge and understanding required to lead a school or group of schools through to sustainable improvement. With a proven track record in senior leadership, our facilitators have the drive and desire to impact on our leaders of the future in order to ensure that more BAME leaders move through to the positions of Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and CEO.

If this is your journey, then join the programme now


About the Confident Executive Leadership programme

The programme focuses on the key skills, knowledge and understanding needed to lead a school or group of schools.

It is a programme which both challenges and supports, whilst acknowledging that schools can be busy places and participants will need periods of reflection.

Uniquely, we are particularly targeting BAME leaders because of the low statistics realised in the current school leadership model.


Entry Requirements

You will be an aspiring or current BAME senior leader, headteacher or executive leader.

Although there is no formal application form, you will be required to undergo an interview assessment which is designed to ensure that this programme is the right one for you.



  • Access to trainers who have reached the very top of their careers
  • Support systems from the facilitators and other BAME leaders
  • Comprehensive programme, personlised for your needs
  • Support with applications, as and when, the time arises
  • Improved confidence, knowing that you have been trained on the essential skills required to be successful in your role
  • A brilliant programme which aims to look at leadership in its broader form, both in education and business

Overview of Modules


How will the programme be delivered?

The whole programme will be delivered through live, online webinars.

When will the programme start and finish?

We are recruiting now for Cohort 8 - September 2024 start.

The programme will last for up to 12 months.

Will coaching be available as part of the programme?

We will support and mentor our participants through the programme.  In addition, if you require formal coaching (which we would certainly recommend),  then this can be arranged at an additional cost.

Why the Confident Executive Leadership Programme ?

"The closest we get to a training programme for school improvement leadership these days is the NPQEL. The NPQEL is a programme with an identity crisis. Is it for CEOs, for executive leaders (those leading more than one school), chief operating officers, or school improvement leaders? It’s hard to tell. It’s a programme that tries to be all things to all people – but, in my view, as a result, doesn’t yet offer enough depth or relevance to those moving specifically into improvement leadership roles. "

Michael Pain

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~ Facilitators ~

Bushra Nasir CBE


Retired Chief Executive Officer at Drapers’ MAT

David Watson OBE


Ex Chief Executive Officer OBE

Venturers Trust


Gulshan Kayembe

Education Consultant

Lead OFSTED Inspector

Board member of The Suffolk Foundation


Osiur Rahman FCCT

CEO Schools Plus UK

Managing Director - TFoIS

MAT Trustee

Ann Palmer FCCT


Programme Co-ordinator

CEO Fig Tree International Ltd

MAT Trustee

CEO @Race Excellence Ltd


Dewan Chowdhury

Coop Trust Data Manager

Sajid Gulzar OBE


Ex CEO & Executive Head

Prince Albert Community Trust

Principal at Kings’ School Al Barsha - Dubai

David Hermitt

Ex Chief Executive a MAT

OFSTED Inspector

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Ben March


Chief Financial and Operations Officer at STEP Academy Trust

~ Example of work-shadowed CEOs ~

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Participant's Experiences


Sincerest thanks and appreciation to

@schamberlainCEO  @ActiveLearningT and @Ann_Palmer20

for facilitating the work shadowing programme through the Confident Executive Leadership Programme. Couldn’t have asked for a more engaging and fulfilling experience. Highly recommended.

Andrew Scott


Awesome discussion today, thank you Dame  Alison Peacock.

Looking forward to our continued journey. 

Loving the CEO training with Fig Tree International Ltd!



Gwyneth Gibson

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Cost of Programme

The cost of the programme is £2,950, plus VAT.  There are four payment options, including payment in full or in instalments.  Option A (payment in full) includes a 15% discount with early applications.  Applicants can consider requesting financial assistance from their schools.  Schools, in the past, have covered the whole amount or have agreed to share the cost with the participant.  Approximate cost of similar courses, but which are not as bespoke, with less content are between £4,000 - £10,000 plus VAT.  We believe that our course is bespoke, and presents excellent value for money.

If you want to make a difference and hear  from the very best, register your interest now.

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