Upon is a new leaders programme, designed to grow the UK’s talent pool of future Directors of Children’s Services, and also help recently appointed Directors thrive in their new roles. Supported by the Department for Education, it’s co-created and delivered by a trusted consortium of expert partners; The Staff College, Institute of Public Care, Skills for Care and GatenbySanderson.
We held two online webfairs in February 2022 to provide more information for those interested in applying for the programme. During the webfair we heard from those that helped develop and deliver the programme, who discussed what the programme entails, hints and tips on what to prepare for in order to apply and answered Q&A. You can access a recording of one of the webfairs here.
Now into its third year, this innovative leadership programme was launched in response to the DfE identifying significant challenges in attracting and retaining talented leaders in DCS roles. It is vital that new leaders are identified and developed, and upon supports this by inspiring ambitious and courageous future leaders to step up and move into DCS roles, staying in post for longer to achieve even more positive transformation.