Welcome to the Strategic Leadership exhibition site


Welcome to the Strategic Leadership exhibition site

ETF have developed a series of strategic leadership resources with key experts in the FE and Training sector to support leadership development across the sector and more specifically to support our DfE funded  Strategic Leadership Programmes for Principals and Chairs respectively. As the national workforce development body in the Post-16 Further Education and Training sector resources are aimed at the full range of leaders from leading colleges, independent training providers and adult community learning providers.

About the collection

These resources have been chosen to give FE and training leaders an insight into effective leadership practice across the sector. The collection is very diverse and includes videos, a tool kit, case studies, reports and podcasts. We will continue to add to the resources to reflect the ever-changing world of FE and training.

Many of these resources have been developed through the ETF leadership development programmes for principals, aspiring principals and chairs, which are delivered with Oxford Saïd Business School.

Richard Atkins, the FE Commissioner, has highlighted attendance on the ETF Leadership courses as one of his ten recommendations for effective college leadership. He has advised that colleges should,  "Ensure that your Chair, Principal/CEO and FD attend the relevant Saïd Business School/ETF leadership programmes". He has also pointed out that " Feedback from these programmes is overwhelmingly positive.”  For further information click on the relevant link below.

ETF offer the following courses for Chief Finance Officers and Middle Managers

Resources are organised under a number of distinct headings including:

  • Diversity in strategic decision making
  • Organisational resilience
  • innovation in FE: Leadership
  • Governance

Featured resources

Diversity in Strategic Decision Making:

Video resources available on the diversity in strategic decision making

Organisational Resilience :

A selection of resources on organisational resilience

Innovation in FE:

A report on the topic of innovation looking at practices and successes both inside the FE sector and outside it

Leadership :

Materials exploring both leadership within and the purpose of the FE sector



A survey of board composition across FE and Sixth Form Colleges in 2014

SEND Leadership & Management:

Resources to support senior leaders and managers who have overall responsibility for ensuring the inclusivity of their organisation and to managers of SEND provision.