School Improvement Partner Training

The Mulberry Bush training programme, endorsed with a Crossfields Institute Quality Mark, will provide experienced, effective special and alternative provider (AP) school leaders with the skills and knowledge to become a School Improvement Partner (SIP).

This will be of benefit to leaders’ own school/organisation, as well as helping them to provide support and share good practice with other special and AP schools. Led by two very experienced special school leaders/SIPs you will take part in 6 days training at The Mulberry Bush Third Space, Toddington, Gloucestershire. You also will apply your learning in two practice days working as a SIP. Following this you will be invited to join The Mulberry Bush SIP network, where you will receive on-going support and professional development opportunities.

The training will prepare you to:

  • Have a critical awareness of own school’s strengths
  • Understand the range of functions of the SIP role
  • Understand how to structure a SIP visit
  • Understand how to report on a visit
  • See the value of collecting evidence from different sources
  • Work with staff holding different roles and responsibilities, and with governors/trustees
  • Explore common SIP challenges/barriers
  • Understand and manage emotional aspects of the role
  • Develop a style of work that empowers leaders to take ownership and delegate responsibilities
  • Develop a coaching style of work
  • Understand an effective performance management process
  • Have an awareness of current key educational issues

To receive updates on upcoming School Improvement Partner Training courses please register your interest.

For more details please contact Angela Brown on 01865 594700 or email [email protected]

This course is accredited by the Crossfields Institute APPCIOS. For more information see