Management Development Programme

"I'm ecstatic that he's settling in so quickly. He’s significantly happier now then he’s been for a long time, and he’s actually participating in learning … it’s a miracle!!!​"

Parent, July 2020

"I really appreciate how Cressey has invested in me, it's given me real confidence, and set me up for a really career, with good promotion prospects."

A member of the Senior Leadership Team, Sep 2018


Management Development Programme

Since 2016 we've been running a Management Development Programme, to help staff to develop their management skills; and in the process to improve their chances of promotion. We want to encourage staff to apply to become Assistant Senior Teachers in due course, and to ensure that Cressey's Leadership Team gets stronger and stronger each year. This will help us to successfully deliver all aspects of the School Development Plan, and to sustain Outstanding standards.  For staff who are ambitious to learn and to develop their skills, and to improve their prospects, this programme is a very good opportunity.

The programme involves a series of development / training sessions, held at Coombe Cliff roughly every two weeks. Sessions are normally on Tuesdays at 1600 – 1700. Each session is run by one or two members of the Senior Leadership team, and the hour-long session is normally split into two 25-30 min subjects.

The full programme lasts for 3 Terms and candidates who are on the course are required to remain at Cressey for one year after completion, as a return of service. 

The last intake of selected staff started the programme in May 2020; and the next intake will be during 2020/21. Selection of those who join the programme is made according to the following criteria. Staff should note the emphasis on  potential, which means you do not have to be perfect to apply! If you’ve proven your ability to work with our students, and are keen to learn and to progress, and willing to work hard to develop your skills, then that’s what we’re looking for.

  • Essential requirements
    • Understanding of Nurture
    • Good at managing behaviour
    • The potential to be a good organizer
    • The potential to be a good administrator
    • The potential to be a good leader
  • Desirable requirements
    • Excellent punctuality record
    • Excellent attendance record
    • Good report writer
    • Conscientious nature

Development Programme Content

Session subjects typically include: 

  • Introduction to the programme, and career options at Cressey
  • The Child Protection Framework
  • The qualities of a good Senior Teacher
  • The differences between Leadership and Management
  • The Duties of a Senior Teacher
  • Different leadership styles, and when they work best
  • Understanding EHCPs
  • What Nurture really means
  • Therapeutic Support to our students
  • Writing good EHCPs & Ed Reports
  • How to manage Meetings
  • Attendance Reporting – how it should be done
  • Your role in Staff’s joining & leaving routines
  • IEPs and SSPs
  • The Admissions Process
  • Participating in Annual Reviews
  • Daily Time Management
  • Keeping Daily records