What we do

Professional development and leadership support for those working in public sector and partner organisations, with a well-established reputation within Children’s Services and alliances within education, health and social care and adult’s services. The College is a non-profit organisation and prides itself on reinvesting into the sector by evolving the products we provide to support the ever-changing environments throughout the UK.

Learning Portal

Our learning portal provides training and guidance designed specifically to support DCSs in growing personal and organisational strategic intelligence

Latest Publications

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Just Home: Leading in Colour

We are proud to announce the release of our latest publication, “Just Home”. This briefing is powerfully centred around global majority children in care, their lives, their traumas, their needs, and their life-chances. The stark realities are alarming: black children are over-represented in the care system, wait longer for adoption than white children, and are least likely to achieve the lifetime stability and permanency of a loving family through adoption. “Just Home” serves to challenge these bleak statistics and seeks to inspire enduring policy and practice changes for children. Through our partnership with Adoption East Midlands and its partner local authorities, we have been able to challenge these sobering facts and seek solutions. “Just Home” is our shared story –…


A study of place-based school partnerships At The Staff College, we have been committed to championing excellence through equity in education since our inception in 1999. We believe that addressing the needs of those who find learning and socialisation most difficult benefits the entire school community. This belief, combined with our fundamental belief that children and young people learn best when they feel valued, respected and included, has guided our school improvement work. However, recent policy changes in England towards market forces and school autonomy have the potential to further disadvantage learners from economically poorer backgrounds and other vulnerable, isolated and marginalised groups. To address this challenge, we commissioned a study by researchers at the University of Manchester. The resulting…

Podcast Rosemary Campbell-Stephens on Decolonising Narratives around Race in Educational Leadership

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Leading for Longer: New report issues call to action on high turnover of leadership roles in children’s services

A call for action has been issued by The Staff College after a number of concerns have been raised about the high turnover of leadership roles within children’s services.  With tenures of DCSs averaging around three years, it is feared this is having a direct impact on the ability to improve children’s services. At present, the DCS role remains one of the hardest chief officer roles to fill and retain, yet is a critical leadership role responsible for supporting and protecting vulnerable children across the United Kingdom.  Some of the key reasons cited for the high level of position churn include increased workloads, along with a lack of a coherent policy focus on children. In addition, an ‘overload’ of external…

Systems Leadership – Exceptional Leadership for Exceptional Times

Download the Story of BALI

Three people designed the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI): Patrick Scott who worked for the predecessor organisation that is now The Staff College; Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE who is now a freelance international consultant and coach on leadership, following her role as Principal for the National College for Educational Leadership in the Ministry of Education, Jamaica and me (Meera). Rosemary was an associate with the National College for School Leadership in the UK and I had, due to long term health issues, retired from my role as Director of Children’s Services. I have over 35 years experience in local government and was an HMI in the London region.

Latest Events


29th November 2023

BALI Network Webinar – 29th November 2023
Getting to Joy ‘Black Trauma is discussed and accepted as a mental health matter and affects Global Majority people due to racist experiences both historical and current. What do we know about Black Joy and how can this change perspective. What makes you happy ? What brings you Joy? and is there a difference? This session is all about how we can find ‘our’ Joy even in adversity – Doing what we love and doing it regularly – can it really bring us Joy even when life throws us a curve ball? Let’s discuss this topic with Jasmine Nembhard-Francis TSC and BALI Associate at the BALI Webinar on 29th November 2023 12:30pm-2pm’ If you have any questions regarding this event,…

8th December 2023

New Directors – chat in the café – Friday 8th December 2023
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the upon team upon@thestaffcollege.uk

17th January 2024

BALI Network Webinar – 17th January 2024
The official re-launch of the BALI Network! Join Christine Wint (BALI Co-Lead Associate) and the Inclusive Team in celebrating the birthday of the BALI network! Since its creation 3 years ago, the BALI network has expanded to reach just over 600 registered members. We are celebrating with a relaunch of the Network! Through this relaunch, we aim to ensure we are: Catering to our audience, maintaining a safe space for all, implementing logistical improvements and increasing our network engagement. This session is an open forum for members to discuss what the future of this network looks like for them.

2nd February 2024

Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI) 18 – Day 3 – Friday 2nd February 2024
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Inclusive Leadership Team inclusiveleadership@thestaffcollege.uk