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Karen Ardley Associates

Working together for school leaders.

Karen Ardley Associates


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TFL Education have partnered with Karen Ardley Associates to offer School Principals and Headteachers an accredited route to the prestigious award of Chartered Manager. The award is the highest status that can be achieved in management and leadership and is recognised throughout the public and private sectors and across all management disciplines as a mark of excellence.

This two-day Chartered Manager programme provides the opportunity for you to reflect on the practical application of your skills to create impact within your school, and evaluates your expertise in leading people and managing change. During the two days there will be inputs on outstanding leadership research and practices, coaching on your strategic priorities and objectives, support and guidance from a Royal Chartered Management Institute Advisor and Assessor, time to complete the first draft of your Chartered Manager written submission and opportunities to network with fellow professionals.


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Accredited Programme

As an approved Royal Chartered Management Institute Chartered Manager Assessment Centre, TFL Education are authorised to provide direct, quality assured, assessment and verification services.


The Impact of Chartered Manager

We know that high-quality managers and leaders lead change; they improve performance, embed strategic thinking into practice, exceed targets, and are role models to others. Chartered Manager is a mark of excellence.

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Report an increase in self-awareness
Report an increase in self-confidence
Notice a positive impact on their teams
Improve operations in their schools
Make significant savings
Exceed their targets
Develop new products
Stand out

Chartered Manager Team

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Karen Ardley is the Director of Karen Ardley Associates and is a highly successful leadership consultant and facilitator. Karen is also a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Drawing on her wide experience as a teacher and leader in all phases of education, Karen designs and delivers outstanding and inspirational leadership programmes focused on change and improvement.

Her previous projects have included working with the education ministries of England, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kenya through NCTL. She is currently designing a leadership and quality assurance programme for United Nations School.

Recent international work has involved teachers and leaders from over sixty countries and Karen Ardley Associates work successfully in partnership with several Teaching Schools and Multi Academy Trusts in England.

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Sue Darbyshire is the Chief Executive Officer of Community First Academy Trust, Executive Headteacher of Platt Bridge Community School and a National Leader of Education. Sue is also a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Community First Academy Trust consists of Platt Bridge Community School (Primary School), Rose Bridge Academy (Secondary School), Kingsbridge SCITT (Primary and Secondary School Initial Teacher Training Provider) and Westbridge Teaching School Alliance (National Teaching School).

Sue has recently undertaken consultancy work in China, Egypt, Brazil and Europe.

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Aiden Harper is the Director of TFL Education and Great Schools Trust. Aiden is also a Chartered Manager, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Manager Advisor and Assessor.

Drawing on his experience as a teacher and leader in secondary schools, Aiden has spent the last 10 years designing a flexible and sustainable life-long leadership development framework. The framework provides character and leadership development programmes for primary and secondary school pupils and Royal Chartered Management Institute management and leadership qualifications for teachers and school leaders.

His work at Teaching Future Leaders has seen him provide and deliver programmes across the UK in the state and private sector and in a number of countries including: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, UAE, USA, Switzerland, Cyprus, Egypt, Sudan, Malawi and Nigeria.


What our clients say…

The journey of the CMI process has allowed me an opportunity to be reflective of my own practice as well as having time to share and discuss with like-minded school leaders.

The presence of Aiden and Karen has significantly enhanced the experience as it offered time for useful and encouraging dialogue.

I feel that I leave with a revitalised sense of leadership and would thoroughly recommend the course.

Basia Lubaczewska | Principal | Al Rabeeth Academy


This process has been invaluable! The timing was perfect for my own professional development and it also enhanced my thoughts around the development of all my teachers.

It was very challenging - in a good way! Having Aiden and Karen facilitating was key to enabling the process to be completed as any misconceptions were dealt with at point of need.

Having two full days to think about what I have achieved was empowering. I would never have thought about them in the depth that I have done.

Absolutely loved it!

Sue Darbyshire | CEO/Executive Headteacher | Community First Academy Trust


This was a superb programme which has encouraged the deepest reflection of leadership practice.

I have learnt from the discussions with the colleagues on the programme and valued listening to their leadership challenges in very diverse contexts.

The programme has helped to solidify my vision for headship, which is that ultimately an effective head creates a culture which promotes the development of staff. It is upon these values I hope to lead a school.

Thank you. I have been inspired.

Paul Davies | Deputy Headteacher | Fred Longworth High School


The preparation was helpful - I knew I needed to consider 3 key achievements over the last 18 months. It was helpful to know this in advance, in order for me to be thinking about what to choose.

I already knew 3/4 colleagues taking part, which was lovely, although this didn't matter because the group were very welcoming to one another and we displayed the positives that we all like to see in leaders. It was nice!

Aiden set the scene well on Day 1 and clearly outlined expectations. Karen looked after us all too, beautifully.

It has been a privilege to be part of such an inspiring group.

Jane Brierley | Executive Headteacher | Glodwick Infant and Nursery School


A structured process allowing two days to focus, share practice and collaborate with fellow professionals.

The focus on 'I', something that I don't make time to do, allowed me to look at my practice.

The outline and structure of the sessions provide an excellent framework in which to reflect.

Sean Power | Director General | Institut Florimont


Online Learning/Coaching Option

During these unprecedented times it isn't possible to schedule the TFL Education / Karen Ardley Associates two-day Chartered Manager programmes. Instead, until normal service is able to resume, we will be providing an alternative one-to-one online coaching programme to support your journey to Chartered Manager status.


Ready to get Chartered?

If you would like to talk with Aiden personally about becoming a Chartered Manager then book your
FREE 30-minute session.

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Select your slot and schedule a time on Aiden's calendar below.

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Let's talk about your Chartered Manager journey.

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Let's get you access to your programme so you can get started.