The NLCF Leading Learning Programme

The National Leisure and Culture Forum Leading Learning Programme offers the highest quality leadership training and mentoring for senior local authority cultural services managers from across the UK.

Leading Learning is an innovative cultural leadership programme tailored to local government concerns for those in the cultural sector. It has five main support elements: initial 360-degree assessment of your leadership strengths and potential; six days of residential sessions to allow you to meet inspiring exemplars, reflect on your own practice and challenge your knowledge and skills; monthly one-to-one mentoring sessions with a well-matched senior figure with extensive local government experience and expertise; five bi-monthly facilitated action learning sets organised regionally; and a website with further reading, participants’ forums and development opportunities.

The aim is to help individuals to make a difference in local government, be an effective champion of culture and develop their leadership potential.


Evaluation of the NLCF Leading Learning Programme

The summative evaluation of the seventh year of the NLCF Leading Learning Programme explores the impact of the programme and offers insights on the impact on participants and their careers. Read the evaluation report to see how the Leading Learning Programme can work for you.

Two previous participants commented:

“Participating in the LLP was the most valuable CPD that I have undertaken during my career. I would highly recommend the LLP to participants and authorities as now, given the scale of change local authorities are going through, these leadership qualities and skills are more vital than ever to ensure communities are at the heart of services going forward.” 
(Alumni survey – Yr2 participant)

“If you are serious about personal development and want the 'top job', either within an organisation or leading your own, then this programme is invaluable.” 
(Alumni survey – Yr6 participant)

Download NLCF Leading Learning Programme Evaluation:
Summative report for the seventh year of the programme. [Pdf]


Leading Learning Year 7 report now available
The summative evaluation report of year seven of the LLP can now be downloaded as a pdf via the news page.

Resilience support now available
The NLCF Leading Learning Programme has developed a package of specialist in-house learning, development and improvement support. This support has been specifically created to help leaders, teams and partnerships within the culture, leisure and sport sector to develop enhanced workplace resilience.

Master Class Series: workplace resilience

A new Leading Learning Programme Master Class Series will focus on the subject of workplace resilience.  These four interactive one-day work shops will enable leaders to survive the unprecedented challenges that the sport, leisure and culture sector is currently facing; and even to thrive in this environment!

Rate your own workplace resilience
Try the free Workplace Resilience Diagnostic Exercise to help you assess your requirements for training and support. Download the tool now.


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