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Public Sector Leadership for Children’s Services. Training & support for local authority children’s services, children’s trusts and those delivering services for young people and families throughout the UK
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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.

A Stitch in Time: Realising the value of futures and foresight

The events of 2020 have demonstrated the value of foresight in policy. But also how hard it is to predict the future. Above all, it shown us how complex and fast-moving our world is. If ever there was a need for innovation in policymaking it is now. (Professor Chris Fox, Director of PERU and colead of MetroPolis at Manchester Metropolitan University) Please download below the PDF ‘A Stitch in Time: Realising the value of futures and foresight’.

Seizing the Moment

Building Local Bridges to the Future – Joan Munro and Ian Burbidge Local government has stepped up in the wake of Covid-19 despite a decade of financial emasculation. A key lesson is that chronic underfunding has eroded slack in the system. Slack is essential; it is not waste, it enables resilience. Ian Burbidge, associate director, RSA To read the publication, please download the PDF below.

Humanising the Digital Workplace

Business leaders had no choice but to change their workplaces due to COVID-19. Now is the time to cement those changes to support powerful new ways of working. Discover how putting human needs at the centre of your digital transformation delivers sustainable prosperity. Download the PDF to read the full article.

“We need to rock the boat” – Sherry Malik

The author of this post is Sherry Malik, who is passionate about social justice and social care. She has over 30 years experience of leading and managing a diverse portfolio in public services. She is currently a NED @Dimensions UK and a former DCS @NSPCC, exec roles @MyCafcass, @LBofHounslow and GSCC. I told myself that talking about what I experienced in the context of my gender and my race would somehow label me, that it would stop others from seeing me as a credible senior manager…. The airwaves continue to resound with the issues raised by Black Lives Matter campaign. While I am really pleased that everyone is engaged and there is permission to talk right now, for me personally,…

Latest Events

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27th January 2023

New Directors – chat in the café – Friday 27th January 2023
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the upon team upon@thestaffcollege.uk

30th January 2023

Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI) 16 – Residential – Monday 30th – Tuesday 31st January 2023
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Inclusive Leadership Team inclusiveleadership@thestaffcollege.uk

1st February 2023

Blue Sky Thinking Festival 5.0 – 1st February 2023
Join us for the fifth Blue Sky Thinking Festival from 1st February 2023 – 10th February 2023 booking is available now! Today’s session, click on the link to go directly to the session booking: ‘JUST FAIR’: LEADING IN COLOUR Spotlight on Youth Justice by Rose Durban Spoken Word: sexuality and gender identity by Keith Jarrett Power of Mentoring (Case Studies) by Jasmine Nembhard Francis

2nd February 2023

Blue Sky Thinking Festival 5.0 – 2nd February 2023
Join us for the fifth Blue Sky Thinking Festival from 1st February 2023 – 10th February 2023 booking is available now! Today’s session, click on the link to go directly to the session booking: Spoken Word: Poetry (Rachel Shapes) by Amarachi Rachel Nwokoro

3rd February 2023

Blue Sky Thinking Festival 5.0 – 3rd February 2023
Join us for the fifth Blue Sky Thinking Festival from 1st February 2023 – 10th February 2023 booking is available now! Today’s session, click on the link to go directly to the session booking: Leadership in turbulent times: challenges, solutions and learning By Anton Florek Spoken Word: Life Story (The Mango Girl) by Ava Eagle Brown Racism without Racists by Meera Spillett

6th February 2023

Blue Sky Thinking Festival 5.0 – 6th February 2023
Join us for the fifth Blue Sky Thinking Festival from 1st February 2023 – 10th February 2023 booking is available now! Today’s session, click on the link to go directly to the session booking: Unravelling Our Listening Habits – GRIT by Cara McLoughlin Upon becoming a DCS… working effectively in the corporate and political world by Mike Bowden and Gail Hopper Wellbeing and Culture in a Changing World by Petra Velzeboer