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Educational Leadership Centre

About Us

The Newcastle University Educational Leadership Centre (NUELC), previously known as North Leadership Centre, has been delivering professional development, leadership and management programmes for teachers and school leaders for over 20 years. We work in partnership with educational organisations and groups across the world to provide outstanding professional and leadership development opportunities for individuals and teams in all sectors of education.

Our work is underpinned by a robust evidence base of what makes highly effective leadership and high-quality teaching and learning across a range of educational organisations and countries.

We are committed to improving outcomes educationally, economically and socially and we track our impact, using what we learn to improve our offer.

Educational leadership is constantly evolving, and well-prepared leaders can have a significant positive impact on learners’ and teams’ outcomes. Our programmes lead to improved leadership capacity and more effective schools, academies and institutions. They help leaders to:

• Shape their vision, strategy and implementation

• Develop people, teams and their priorities

• Improve teaching and learning


Quality and Accreditation

Our courses are designed and delivered by highly experienced facilitators who provide a practical and interactive approach to training across different phases and types of institution and in destinations around the world. After every session participants are encouraged to provide feedback which is then used to shape subsequent sessions. As well as being quality assured by Newcastle University, some of our courses are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Various levels of award are available. Some programmes may lead to an academic award.



NETSP, previously known as North East Teaching Schools Partnership, was founded by the first Teaching Schools in the North East in partnership with Newcastle University. The consortium has been instrumental in developing and shaping regional and now national design, delivery and implementation of DfE licensed/accredited programmes.


Current Programmes:

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for teachers and school leaders: ELC, as a member of NETSP, is a founding partner of The School-Led Network, which was appointed as a National Provider of the new suite of NPQs in March 2021 and encompasses Harris Federation, NETSP, Newcastle University, Outwood Institute of Education and Star Institute . Together, these organisations share a vision of a school-led system with a culture of professional learning within and between schools that drives school improvement and ensures that all pupils can achieve beyond expectations.

Early Career Framework for teachers: ELC, as a member of NETSP, has been part of the writing and delivery of the UCL Early Career Framework (ECF) programme since the initial pilot in 2020, and is now proud to be delivering the ECF in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education. Our programme for Early Career Teachers and their mentors is written by practitioners for practitioners in the region. It is unique among the ECF programmes in following a practitioner inquiry model in the second year, allowing ECTs to focus on the areas of their practice they most want to develop, and preparing them for a lifetime of reflective practice.

Cultural Leadership in Education: Culture Bridge North East and the ELC are delighted to offer the Cultural Leadership in Education programme which will help develop the knowledge and skills that participants need to lead the cultural offer in their schools. The programme is written and led by a cultural arts practitioner and a facilitator with school leadership expertise, through a series of online modules.

Bespoke Programmes: Our Centre is uniquely placed to build programmes that combine the relevant content/context with the generic leadership and management skills. This is why we always do an 'initial needs assessment' with your organisation. We can bring in specialists from across the University's knowledge base to deliver sector specific training to complement the excellent training from our leadership experts. The Centre has worked with public, private and third sector organisations regionally, nationally and internationally including programmes delivered for partners in China, Cyprus, Germany, Kazakhstan, India and Romania.

Post-graduate programmes (PGCert, Master’s, EdD): Our Centre team leads on the leadership aspects of the academic programmes offered by the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. For more information see: Educational Leadership PGCertpart-time Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership) MEdfull-time MA Education: International Perspectives and the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme. All programmes have two entry dates (September and January). 


Culture Bridge

Culture Bridge North East and the Newcastle University Educational Leadership Centre are delighted to offer the Cultural Leadership in Education programme commencing in September 2022. It will help develop the knowledge and skills you need to lead the cultural offer in your school. The programme will be led by a cultural arts practitioner and a facilitator with school leadership expertise, through six online modules (4pm to 5.30pm) and alongside the sessions, you will run a small-scale project in school. The sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Understanding yourself as leader within your context (Friday 23 September 2022)

    - What is culture?

    - Vision and values

    - Myself as a leader

    - Current state of practice in my school

    - Evaluating the appetite for change and innovation

  • The leadership landscape and context (Thursday 13 October 2022)

    - Comparing lenses (education and cultural sector)

    - National Policy

    - Quality Principles

    - Research and theory

    - Regional opportunities

    - Cultural Capital

    - Ofsted Framework

    - Curriculum leverage

  • Effective partnership and networking (Wednesday 16 November 2022 - Guest Speaker Anna Disley from New Writing North)

    - Exploring effective partnership working

    - Making the most of networks- Working with cultural partners

    - Working with schools, developing strategic partnerships, an understanding of arts and culture across the region

  • A focus on outcomes (Friday 13 January 2023 - Guest Speakers Jane Moscardini & Jay Bushby from Listen & Like)

    - Support and guidance and opportunity to share progress so far and ideas for ‘creative outcome’.

    - Expertise in digital communication and in creating and engaging digital content

    - Participants also give clear intended outcomes but choice of format E.g. powerful practice posters, VLOG, Blog options

  • Leading change part 1 (Wednesday 25 January 2023)

    - Building resilience and trust

    - Dealing with resistance

    - Managing up

    - Strategies for leading change

  • Leading change part 2 (Friday 17 February 2023)

    - Having difficult conversations

    - Leading diverse teams

Applications have now closed for this year's cohort - register your interest for the next cohort here!

Our People

Professor René Koglbauer - Director of Educational Leadership Centre

Stephanie Bingham - NETSP Programme Director

Dr Lisa Ramshaw - Lecturer in Education, Leadership & Professional Learning

Alice Lupton - NUELC Professional Services Manager

Mark Pearson - ECF Programme Administrator

Marilena Argentou - NUELC Support Officer


Contact Us

Educational Leadership Centre,
School of Education,
King George VI Building,
Newcastle University, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0191 208 8455