A ‘High Challenge, Low Threat’ School Culture

Overview of the course
  • Create the conditions for productive work
  • Use principles of high challenge, low threat to:
    • drive whole-school improvement
    • allow colleagues to combat difficult issues
  • Leadership challenges: explore how the best leaders in the world overcome them
Dates & Locations
  • 24th March 2020 | London

First Delegate Rate

£299.00 + VAT

Additional Delegates

£279.00 + VAT

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Mary Myatt

Mary is a keynote speaker, adviser and writer. Her years as a teacher give her a unique insight into what quality teaching and leadership looks like. Her training is enthusiastic, informative and highly effective.

by Mary Myatt


The importance of high challenge, low threat

Examples from industry: what the most successful leaders do best

Unpick cognitive psychology: Prof. Daniel Willingham

Leadership and management theory: Prof. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The principles of wise leadership

Dig deeper, linger longer: tackle fewer things in greater depth

Give everyone a voice, from teachers to parents to pupils

Develop personal authority and do not rely on power

Focus on the core business: challenging teaching and learning

Build intrinsic motivation in staff and pupils

How to evidence the successes in your school

Ensure your staff embrace challenge

Create a low-threat environment where staff can make mistakes

Reduce the fear factor and develop vulnerable reciprocity

Make change management a mechanism for growth

Build trusting relationships in which you can have difficult conversations

Tools to implement ‘high challenge, low threat’ principles

Curriculum examples for raising challenge

A workload challenge audit

Five strategies to save time and create challenge

Curriculum planning and assessment techniques

Making critical guidance and feedback specific

Additional information

Course Type

Leadership & Management

Job Title

Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head, Head Teacher

Key Stage

Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Primary, Secondary


24th March 2020




Venue to be confirmed up to 4 weeks in advance

Presenter Mary Myatt


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