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Developing leadership skills

Learn the principles and critical skills behind effective teaching in a student’s second language while developing your English and language awareness.


Make success happen as an academic manager.

Many teachers find themselves in management or leadership positions and are expected to succeed without any training or support. Our Developing Leadership Skills course will strengthen your knowledge of educational leadership, expand on your range of leadership competencies, skills and behaviours and build on your understanding of leadership practices and issues.

You will also develop your language skills and be more confident using English in management and leadership contexts.

At Bell Teacher Academy, you will be joining a global community of teachers. This fully-inclusive programme includes a series of workshops and talks related to current thinking and trends in the sector, and a full programme of social events for you to explore life and culture in the UK – outside of the classroom.

Minimum age
Minimum language level
Upper Intermediate B2
Course dates
11 July 2021
Course length
2 weeks
Bell Teacher Academy
Package 1:

Package 2 or 3:
Karine Guadeloupe
The courses at Bell and the opportunities to meet so many other teachers is really rejuvenating for the mind. There's so much choice too. Cultural talks. Social outings. Workshops. It's brilliant!
Haomei China
Haomei Li
I have learnt the latest teaching skills and activities that I will take back to my classroom, and gained a lot of useful resources. For me the most important thing is sharing what I have learnt with my colleagues, so they can develop their skills too.
Olga Kazakhstan
I really enjoy the quality of education at Bell, that's why I keep coming back. My first course was a CELTA, the second was Contemporary English and the third one is CLIL. The next one will definitely be Becoming a Teacher Trainer.

Course overview

On this course, you will:

  • Understand effective leadership qualities, competencies and strategies
  • Develop your abilities to persuade, influence and motivate others
  • Learn how to successfully implement and manage change in your organisation
  • Gain useful insights from observing and speaking with Bell’s Academic Leadership team
  • Gain practical tools to ensure quality of learning, teaching and of the educational systems within your organisation
  • Identify opportunities for your own professional and career development and that of your colleagues
  • Develop your English language competences
  • Develop a personalised and comprehensive professional development action plan


Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for academic managers or teachers who aspire to be a leader or manager in a language school or language department. Teachers must have a minimum language level of Upper Intermediate (B2). Academic managers include: Directors of Studies, Assistant Directors of Studies, Heads of Schools, Heads of Department, Subject Leaders, Year, or Team and Mentor group leaders.

Topics covered:

Each course we run is tailored by our expert tutors to the professional needs and priorities of the participants so content may be adapted to best suit the needs of your group.

Successful leadership attributes
Principles, models and psychological approaches
Leadership styles, competencies, behaviour and skills
Power and authority
Persuasion and influencing skills
Motivating teams to deliver best results
Leading change and innovation
Organisational culture
Theories and pedagogical practices
1-to-1 coaching with course tutor

Sample timetable


Bell Teacher Academy timetable

Course dates

Teachers walking through courtyard at Bell Cambridge

Bell Teacher Academy

11 July 2021 - 24 July 2021

1 Red Cross Lane,
Cambridge, CB2 0QU

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