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Mike presents at a wide range of events. Choose the topics below that match your needs & interest. At these sessions Mike is an invited facilitator, presenter, keynote speaker or workshop leader. The events are not organised by Thinking Classroom but Mike uses Thinking Classroom ideas and resources throughout. Please use the contact details provided to enquire about places & exact costs and let them know you heard about the session through this website. Thanks.

Thinking Heads: "All of us are smarter than any one of us"

4 Sessions   Chesterton Primary School, Wandsworth   South London  

A series of four 2 hour facilitated sessions addressing challenges commonly faced by headteachers.

Dates & Times for Group 1:

Fri 10 Jan 20 8:30 - 10:30 Fri 7 Feb 20 8:30 - 10:30 Fri 13 Mar 20 8:30 - 10:30 Fri 24 Apr 20 8:30 - 10:30

  Dates & Times for Group 2:

Fri 10 Jan 20 11:00 - 13:00 Fri 7 Feb 20 11:00 - 13:00 Fri 13 Mar 20 11:00 - 13:00 Fri 24 Apr 20 11:00 - 13:00

Facilitated by Thinking Classroom consultant and ILM executive coach Mike Fleetham these sessions will use techniques for creating high quality professional dialogue in a confidential setting. Each session comprises a focused input and a structured open forum in which group members will be able to set the agenda and share their experiences, suggestions, ideas and questions. This is a positive, collaborative problem solving opportunity using group coaching activities that you can also use back in school with your leadership teams.

Cost and Booking: Guide Price: £250 for 4 sessions. Further Information: Group 1 2 Email for info: or call for a chat. Booking: Wandle TSA


Effective Middle Leadership

4 Afternoons   Chesterton Primary School; Wandsworth   South London  

Middle Leader! Would you like to have more influence and impact across your whole school? Our Effective Middle Leadership course will focus on developing the skills, knowledge and qualities you need to successfully lead.

Using a range of engaging and effective learning techniques Mike will cover:

  • Defining leadership
  • Leading change
  • Effective communication and relationships
  • How to challenge directly and care personally
  • Leading a whole school curriculum area
  • Being prepared for an Ofsted ‘Deep Dive’
  • Developing teachers in your phase/ department / subject area
  • Leading pupil progress in your phase/ department / subject area
  • Demonstrating impact in your phase/ department / subject area

As part of the course, delegates will be expected to complete a mini-project that is already within their existing leadership role (i.e. not an additional task!)

Notes, project summaries, shared wisdom, tools, techniques and theory will be combined into a bespoke course booklet for each delegate to use after the course is ended.

Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm

Dates: Fri 7 Feb 2020, Fri 13 Mar 2020, Fri 24 Apr 2020, Fri 19 Jun 2020

Cost and Booking: Guide Price: £180 for 4 afternoon sessions. Contact course organiser to confirm price. Further Information: Wandle TSA course information page Email for info: or call for a chat. Booking: and please mention you heard about the course through Mike.

Feedback from last year’s course includes: 

'The course has given me the tools to confidently share my ideas, and persuade others to get on board with me.'

 'The style of delivery is fantastic - really engaging. I looked forward to coming to each session.'

 'I would highly recommend the course to other developing middle leaders.'

'Mike is an exceptional teacher - I have some excellent ideas I can immediately implement within my areas of management.'