Leadership Network FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

This section provides information about the legal terms and conditions of use that all users of the Leadership Network service will be expected to follow.

  • This is to ensure that:
  • use of this website is within the requirements of applicable legislation;
  • contributors who upload and share resources online can do so fairly and openly; and
  • use of social networking and community features is enjoyable and responsible.

If you have any queries relating to the terms and conditions applicable to this website, please do contact us

What is the aim of the Leadership Network?

The Leadership Network aims to encourage and enable leaders and aspiring leaders in the education and training sector to connect with each other in order to share professional expertise through, for example, coaching, mentoring, work shadowing and learning visits.

Who can join the Leadership Network?

The Leadership Network aims to encourage and enable leaders and aspiring leaders in the education and training sector to connect with each other in order to share professional expertise through, for example, coaching, mentoring, work shadowing and learning visits.

Who can join the Leadership Network?

Anyone who is working as a leader, or aspires to leadership, manager or member of a governing body or board in an education and training sector organisation can join the Leadership Network. Leadership takes place at all levels in an organisation and leaders can learn from other leaders in different roles as well as from those in similar circumstances.

How do I find someone to support me?

Everyone who joins the Leadership Network will complete a portrait, which includes information about their areas of expertise. After you join the Network you will be able to ‘Search’ through the database of members to find colleagues whose experience and expertise matches your areas of interest.

How will leaders support each other through the Leadership Network?

The Leadership Network enables you to find a colleague who may be able to support you in either your own personal professional development or in your organisation’s development. You can use the Leadership Network to identify areas for which you would welcome support from a peer. Once you have connected with a colleague you will agree together how best to provide and access support. Approaches might include using social media, a simple phone call, undertaking a learning visit, arranging a work shadowing or having a series of mentoring conversations.

What kind of support can I offer?

The Leadership Network operates according to a belief that every leader in the sector has something to offer to fellow leaders, irrespective of your level of seniority in your organisation or your length of service in your leadership role. When you create your profile, think about the experience you have had and what you have learnt from it that you could share with another sector leader that might inform their practice. The types of support offered are highly varied and include leaders in a wide range of roles at all levels offering support to colleagues in roles at similar or different levels and roles. You can offer support to leaders at any level, not only to those in similar roles to yourself. For example, a new senior leader might offer insights to middle leaders about the transition from middle to senior leadership.

How long will I work with a colleague?

The duration of any professional partnership is determined by both partners. In some instances the connection may be short, in others it may involve a number of interactions over time, for many it will prove to be a lifelong professional connection.

What will it cost?

There are no set fees for peer to peer support. In some cases a colleague may charge a fee to enable them to take time out of their organisation to support another sector leader or to run an event for a number of colleagues. If you travel to visit a colleagues organisation then you will need to meet the travel expenses.

Will my conversations remain confidential?

Any conversations that take place between two professionals will remain confidential between them. Contributions to Leadership Conversations or Network Conversations are shared with members of the Leadership Network.

What is a Network Conversation?

A Network Conversation is simply an online discussion hosted by the Leadership Network. Any members of the Leadership Network can initiate and contribute to discussions on key topics of interest to the community.

What is a Network Forum?

A Network Forum is an online networking club hosted by The Leadership Network and managed by a named host. Some network fora have membership criteria. Members can apply to the host to join a network forum by contacting the host. Any conversations within a forum are only open to viewing by the forum’s members.

How has the Leadership Register been developed?

The Leadership Network, previously called the Leadership Register, was commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) in response to a demand from leaders in the education and training sector. The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) were commissioned to develop the Register, working with leaders from across the sector. In developing the initiative the partnership of the ETF, IOE and sector leaders has drawn on the experience of the National College for Teaching and Leaderships (NCTL) in developing a self-improving education system.

What will indicate the success of the Leadership Network?

The success of the Leadership Network will be evaluated against the extent to which it: 

  • Engages senior leaders to act as system leaders and to access the support offered by their peers
  • Results in support which has a positive impact on capacity for leadership
  • Develops a sustainable approach by which system leadership can mature and extend across the sector
What is system leadership?

System leaders are leaders who build leadership capacity within their own organisations at the same time as working outside of these on behalf of all learners in their locality. They view their role as being one of educational leadership, rather than institutional leadership. They are committed to improving outcomes across the system locally, regionally or nationally and in partnership with others. Emerging evidence suggests that it is networks of organisations that are creating the kinds of environments in which educational leaders can respond to the challenge of leading development work and learning beyond their own organisations. The language of system leadership in the context of schools has been developed in recent years by Professor David Hargreaves in his think pieces for the National College of Teaching and Leadership. The government White Paper, Rigour and Responsiveness in Skills, April 2013, highlighted the important responsibility the Education and Training Foundation has for professionalism in the sector in order to give the profession itself the power to raise the quality of teaching, learning and assessment leading to the continuous improvement of standards, reputation and learner outcomes.

Why get involved?
  • Peer development and mentoring is an effective strategy for sharing expertise within the sector across the whole system and building capacity for sector-led and system-wide improvement that benefits local, regional and national communities.
  • Through mentoring, professionals develop their own leadership skills and support others to find sustainable solutions.
  • Participating in peer to peer learning offers powerful professional development opportunities for the individual and builds capacity for organisational improvement and succession planning.
  • Developing your network of professional relationships will sustain your opportunities to learn from others throughout your career.
  • Opportunities to engage with peers from different contexts and organisations provide valuable opportunities to learn from one another and to reflect on ones own professional practice.
What do I need to do to get involved?

Step 1: Register 
Senior leaders from a wide range of sector organisations are invited to register to take part in the project. Leaders will identify areas of expertise that they can share with others and describe their track-record and experience. 

Step 2: Search and Match 
Based on the information provided during registration any leader wishing to initiate a mentoring partnership will be able to identify a colleague with relevant experience and context. 

Step 3: Developing the professional relationship 
Once a match has been established, leaders will set out the key objectives of the support, its timescale and practical arrangements. 

Step 4: Evaluation 
Each support relationship will conclude with a joint evaluation of the benefits and impact. This information will remain confidential to the participating leaders, although during the pilot phase colleagues will be invited to feedback their experience to support the development of the initiative.

What is the Education and Training Foundation?

The Education and Training Foundations role nationally is to enhance professionalism and standards in the education and training sector. The Foundation was launched in August 2013, following a sector wide consultation during Spring 2013 through which the sector said it wanted an organisation which: 

  • Will drive to make the sectors workforce more professional
  • Is independent, and reflects your needs
  • Benefits every type of provider, every type of professional
  • Recognises the diversity of the sector
  • Develops good practice
  • Makes the sector an attractive place to learn, work and thrive
  • Never loses sight of the need to improve learners experiences and outcomes

The Education and Training Foundations vision and aspiration, is for all learning to be of the highest quality, achieve the best outcomes and result in the greatest impact; and that is for all learners, providers, and the wider communities they serve.

What is the UCL Institute of Education?

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is the world’s leading school for education and social sciences and tops the league table for education research, according to the latest official audit of UK universities and, as identified in its Strategic Plan, is committed to working in partnership with education and training providers and stakeholders to address the many challenges experienced by the sector. The IOE undertakes around a quarter of the education research carried out in UK universities and in any one year, staff at the IOE are engaged in over 250 research projects funded by research councils, charities, government departments and international agencies.

System Leadership

This section provides information about the legal terms and conditions of use that all users of the Leadership Register service will be expected to follow.

  • This is to ensure that:
  • use of this website is within the requirements of applicable legislation;
  • contributors who upload and share resources online can do so fairly and openly; and
  • use of social networking and community features is enjoyable and responsible.

If you have any queries relating to the terms and conditions applicable to this website, please do contact us

Definitions of system leadership

In the school sector the National College for Teaching and Leadership defines system leaders as: 

“Leaders who work within and beyond their individual organisations; sharing and harnessing the best resources that the system can offer to bring about improvement in their own and other organisations; and influencing thinking, policy and practice so as to have a positive impact on the lives and life chances of all children and young people.” National College, 2009 

In the health services, the move towards ‘system leadership’ is seen in context of developing coherent, multi-agency services that offer seamless care. 

“To deliver exceptional outcomes and outstanding care we need the whole workforce in Local Government, the health service and social care to work together, alongside carers, families and the people who use services and the public to build a health and care delivery system based upon shared decision making.” 

“Everyone can contribute to the leadership process by using leadership behaviours and this approach is more likely to emerge when people share a common purpose and offer each other social support.” 

NHS Leadership Framework

What do system leaders do?
Making the most of complexity
  • See complexity as an opportunity. Adapt practice according to context
  • Often do not have the power that comes with institutional leadership
Leading learning
  • Keeps the focus on improving learning
  • Emphasises enquiry as a leadership development strategy and in their models for capacity building and improvement
  • Risk-take, innovator - willingness to experiment with different approaches in a disciplined and informed way to learn from the outcomes
  • Model this behaviour and create opportunities for others to do it too.
Modelling moral purpose in action
  • Adaptable and pragmatic around core values
  • Motivated by ‘doing the right thing’
  • Deploy the power of moral purpose to motivate and mobilise others
  • Build networks around shared values
Building leadership capacity
  • Model leadership practice and create opportunities for collaborative activity and learning around them
  • Grow and nurture networks as their preferred working environment – their system
  • Distribute leadership, talent spot and support colleagues to lead development work
  • Experienced leaders of networks, learning to adapt their leadership practice so it can transfer across multiple contexts
Growing independence
  • Influential individuals who make valuable contributions at local, regional and/or national levels
  • Advocates and role models
  • Recognisably educational leaders – leaders of their profession – as well as of their own institution
  • Build the leadership capacity of others
  • Broker connections with individuals and institutions on behalf of the networks they lead/are members of

Derived from What does a system leader do?, NCSL, 2006

Further reading

If you are interested in exploring the concept of system leadership further you may be interested in some of the following: 

Teaching schools and system leadership 
Information about the roles of system leaders in the schools sector 

NHS Leadership Academy 
Information about the principles and practices of the NHS Leadership Academy 

System Leadership for Innovation in Education, Brian J. Caldwell 
A resource for the Global Education Leaders Program, hosted by the Gates Foundation (2011) 

Leadership insights from beyond the sector, CFE Research 
A research report commissioned by The Education and Training Foundation to describe leadership approaches and insights from beyond the Education and Skill sector that are supporting leaders to respond to the challenges facing modern organisations 

Leading in volatile times: learning from leadership beyond the Education and Training Sector, Toby Greany et. al (2014) 
A report commissioned by The Education and Training Foundation which provides a review of the ways in which private, voluntary and public sector organisations are addressing current leadership challenges 

Protocols for Professional Peer Relationships

This section provides information about the legal terms and conditions of use that all users of the Leadership Register service will be expected to follow.

  • This is to ensure that:
  • use of this website is within the requirements of applicable legislation;
  • contributors who upload and share resources online can do so fairly and openly; and
  • use of social networking and community features is enjoyable and responsible.

If you have any queries relating to the terms and conditions applicable to this website, please do contact us

Partnership principles

To ensure a successful partnership both parties will commit to the following principles: 

  • trusting and purposeful relationships through which support can be provided
  • clarity of scope and duration for the professional relationship
  • defined outcomes for the professional relationship from the outset
  • review and evaluation of the progress and impact of the support
  • respect for each others’ confidentiality
Types of Support

Partners will agree appropriate strategies with which to engage in a professional relationship. These will vary depending on a range of factors, including the type of support requested, the geographical local of partners, time available etc. Approaches are likely to include: 

  • using coaching skills to support a colleague In reflecting on their leadership development
  • sharing expertise as a mentor to demonstrate best practice
  • providing opportunities for work shadowing
  • sign-posting a colleague to expertise elsewhere in the sector

Partners may choose to meet face to face and/or use email, Skype and other electronic methods of communication.


Any costs associated with the peer relationship are at the discretion of the professionals involved and should be agreed up-front as part of the Working Together Agreement. 

Any travelling expenses associated with visits, work shadowing etc. will be met by the individual.

Policies and Terms of Use

This section provides information about the legal terms and conditions of use that all users of the Leadership Register service will be expected to follow.

  • This is to ensure that:
  • use of this website is within the requirements of applicable legislation;
  • contributors who upload and share resources online can do so fairly and openly; and
  • use of social networking and community features is enjoyable and responsible.

If you have any queries relating to the terms and conditions applicable to this website, please do contact us


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You should not base any decisions on the Content that you find on this website without verifying the accuracy thereof independently. 

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Leadership Register Terms and Conditions of Service

Sections in this agreement: 

  • The Service
  • Licences and IPR
  • Community Guidelines and Policies
  • Releases, Disclaimers of Warranties, Limitation of Liability and Indemnification
  • Privacy
  • Governing Law and Dispute Resolution
  • General Provisions

If you have any questions relating to the agreement below, please contact us. 

The following agreement (“this Agreement”) describes the terms and conditions on which the Education and training Foundation (“the Foundation”) offers you access and use of material found on the Leadership Register website (“the Service”). This offer is conditional on your agreement to all the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, including your compliance with policies, guidelines and terms linked by way of URLs in this Agreement (“Terms & Conditions of Service”). 

By using the Service or by exercising any rights provided to parts of it, you accept and agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of Service”. The Foundation only grants you the rights contained in this Agreement in consideration of your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of Service. 

If you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions of Service you should not use the Service and therefore decline this Agreement, in which case you are prohibited from accessing and/or using the Service. The Foundation may amend this Agreement at any time at its sole discretion, effective upon posting the amended agreement on http://www.leadershipregister.org.uk/.  No variation or counter offer of this Agreement will be accepted by the Foundation. 

1. The Service 
1.1 The Leadership Register aims to create opportunities for senior leaders working in the education and training sector to develop professional relationships through which to share expertise and their experience of leadership in the sector. It enables leaders to build relationships in a variety of ways and support each other's professional and organisational development in an increasingly sector-led, self-improving system 

The Leadership Register provides access to the resources, networks and development opportunities for senior Leaders, brought together specifically for the further education and training sector. It supports leaders and managers in the development of leadership skills together with organisational level improvement opportunities. The Leadership Register provides the practical help to improve everyday work and innovate. It also enables you to share your professional knowledge and examples of effective practice with others. 

1.2 You acknowledge that the Foundation is a service provider that may allow people to interact online regarding topics and content chosen by users of the Service including the collaborative workrooms, and that users can alter the Service environment on a real time basis. As part of the nature of the Service, the Foundation does not always or will not always be able to regulate the content/communications created and made available by users of the Service or otherwise. As a result the Foundation has limited control, if any, over the quality, morality, legality, truthfulness or accuracy of various aspects of the Service. 

1.3 You acknowledge that: (1) by using the Service you may have access to graphics, sound effects, music, video, audio, computer programmes, animations, text and other creative output (“Content”); and (2) Content may be provided by the Foundation or by others such as the users of the Service (“Content Providers”). 

1.4 You acknowledge that the Foundation and other Content Providers have rights in their respective Content under copyright and other applicable laws, and that except as described in this Agreement that such rights are not transferred by mere use of the Service. You accept full responsibility and liability for your use of any Content in violation of any such rights. You agree that your creation of Content is not in any way based upon any expectation of compensation from the Foundation. You acknowledge that this Agreement does not assign or transfer ownership, title or interest of the Intellectual Property rights in the Service to you. 

2. Licences and IPR 
2.1 Users of the Service can create Content in the Service in various forms. The Foundation acknowledges and agrees that, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service, you will retain any and all applicable copyright and any other intellectual property rights with respect to any Content you create using the Service, to the extent that you have such rights under applicable law. 

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3. Community Guidelines and Policies 
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House rules for community features

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Do not flood community features with materials. The purpose of this site’s community features is to help our users discuss Leadership issues and find a wide range of potentially useful materials and supporting events and services from the Foundation, other organisations and individuals. However, we must also ensure that there is a reasonable balance from different sources. Where community features are, in the view of the Foundation, being over-used to promote the materials and services of a particular organisation or individual, we will require that usage is reduced to an acceptable level. If this is not adhered with, user accounts related to that organisation or individual will be blocked and all related materials removed. 

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Privacy and copyright

Below we set out our privacy policy which will govern the way in which we process any personal information that you provide to us. We will notify you if the way in which we process your information is to change at any time. 

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We will use your information to provide you with access to the community based features of this website, to allow you to post messages on message boards or forums and to link to resources. If you have given consent while registering, we may process your information to keep you informed about our services via email or by post and to give you the opportunity to be involved in evaluation/improvement of the Foundation programmes and services. Your information may also be used to enable us and third parties acting on our behalf to analyse your information, in a non-identifying form, (generally in the form of statistics), so that we can identify trends about usage of our website or services and improve them. 

Disclosure of information 
In the unlikely event that a liquidator, administrator or receiver is appointed over us or all or any part of our assets that insolvency practitioner may transfer your information to a third party purchaser of the business provided that purchaser undertakes to use your information for the same purposes as set out in this policy. We undertake not to provide your personal information to third parties save in accordance with this policy. Your information will not be disclosed to government or local authorities or other government institutions save as required by law or other binding regulations. 

We may send a small file to your computer when you visit our website. This will enable us to identify your computer, track your behaviour on our website and to identify your particular areas of interest so as to enhance your future visits to this website. We may use cookies to collect and store personal data and we link information stored by cookies with personal data you supply to us. Save for the use of cookies, we do not automatically log data or collect data save for information you specifically provide to us. You can set your computer browser to reject cookies but this may preclude your use of certain parts of this website. 

Security measures 
We have implemented security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from unauthorised access, improper use and disclosure, unauthorised destruction or accidental loss. 

Users under 16 
This site is not intended for users under 16. If you are aged 16 or under, you must not use this site. 

Access to information 
You may ask us whether we are storing personal information about you by writing to us stating your full name and your address, at: 

Education and Training Foundation 
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road 
London SW1W 9SP 

If you have a Data Protection enquiry please use the relevant option on our contact form. 

A small administrative charge not exceeding £10 may be made for fulfilling this request. We may ask for proof of your identity before providing any information and reserve the right to refuse to provide information requested if identity is not established. 

All website design, text, graphics, the selection and arrangement thereof are Copyright © Education and Training Foundation 2014, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

Ownership of certain materials on this site may have been transferred to the Foundation under the terms of Public Sector Information (PSI) licence no. C2006010400. Reasonable steps have been taken to check third party rights and permissions for this work, but the Foundation will not be held responsible for any unintentional infringements. If you have any comments or queries, please contact the Leadership Register team. 

The names, images and logos identifying the Foundation, the Foundation Leadership Register, or any third parties are proprietary marks of the Foundation and/or third parties. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring by implication or otherwise any licence or right under any trademark or patent of the Foundation or any other third party.

Take down policy for the Leadership Register

The Leadership Register (LR) contains a number of resources posted by the Foundation together with user generated content and links supplied by the users in the Leadership community. 

The policy set out below explains the circumstances in which we will remove or amend content on this website. Please consult this policy before contacting the Leadership Register team with requests for changes to content. 

Maintenance and development of the Leadership Register website (www.leadershipregister.org.uk) is not affected by this policy. You can contact us with any queries about content on this website. 

Scope of this policy 
This policy applies to our Leadership Register website pages. 

Circumstances in which we will take down or amend content 
We will remove or amend content where evidence of one or more of the following is provided to us: 

  • Published information or data contains personal information where continued publication would breach the Data Protection Act 1998 or the right to a private life under the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • The content is defamatory or obscene.
  • The content breaches copyright or other intellectual property rights that restrict publication.

How to submit a take down request 
To enable us to investigate and review a request, please include the following information when contacting us regarding content published on an archived website: 

  • Your contact information, including telephone number.
  • The specific website address of the page(s) which the content is published on. If the content is in an interactive application or the website address is not available for any other reason, please provide enough information to enable us to locate the content (such as the title of a document, screenshots and/or website addresses of pages linking to the content).
  • A brief statement which sets out which of the circumstances given above you believe the content falls under and an explanation of the reason why it should be taken down or amended. Please provide enough information for us to be able to identify the specific information or data that your request is about.
  • If you are requesting changes, please provide the updated information or data in your request if possible.
  • If relevant, please provide reasonable evidence that you are authorised to make the request on behalf of the affected individual or organisation.

How we will respond to your request 
You will receive an acknowledgement within two working days of your request. We will then review your request and provide you with our decision or a request for further information within five working days from receipt of your request. 

If your request is accepted, we will inform you when we expect the content to be removed or amended by and when changes have been completed. Please be aware that for some websites or interactive applications we may need to undertake more in-depth technical work to make the changes and this may affect the timescale. However, you will be kept informed. 

If your request is not accepted and you are not satisfied with the decision, please inform us. The decision will then be reviewed by the appropriate Head of Services at the Foundation who will decide if the request needs to be escalated further and/or if additional expertise should be sought.

Use of cookies

A cookie is a small piece of information which is sent to your computer's hard drive by the web server so that the website can remember who you are. This information may include information relating to your use of our sites, information about your computer such as the computer's IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at our site via a link from third party site, the website address of the linking page. 

We use cookies on websites managed by the Foundation for the following purposes: 

  • To record data for website statistics tracking (note: no personal data is recorded or transmitted).
  • To enable users to log in to the Foundation websites where this facility is available. Cookies used for this purpose are temporary for the duration of a logged in session.
  • To provide required technical information to support specific online applications, such as media player preferences. 
    We may also use them to provide enhanced features such as social bookmarking tools.

How you can manage which cookies are saved to your computer 
When you use the Leadership Register website (www.leadershipregister.org.uk ) there are ways in which you can manage cookies. 

Managing all cookies saved to your web browser 
You can delete cookies from your hard drive at any time. However this may mean that settings such as your stored usernames and passwords will have to be re-entered. 

You can set your internet browser so that it will not allow cookies to be stored on your computer. Further information on how to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer can be found on the AboutCookies.org website. Alternatively go to the help menu within your internet browser.