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Learning to Lead - A units

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Learning to Lead - A units


Learning to Lead - the units consists of sixty-three independent topics, each designed and specifically written to support the teaching of character through leadership.

The availability of individual units from our Learning to Lead Module A, B and C programmes allows schools and teachers to create a bespoke, context specific character through leadership sequenced curriculum that focuses on teaching the knowledge, language, values and behaviours that underpin effective leadership and provides a framework that complements the delivery of PSHCE and SMSC education.

The main thrust of the units is directed at personal leadership development, ethics, morality and an awareness of community and social justice. They are designed to be acceptable to pupils from all backgrounds, cultures and beliefs.

The programme is extensively mapped to a number of statutory and non-statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff published by the Department for Education.

Below you will find the twenty-one Module A units.


Born to lead

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The different pathways into leadership.
That leadership skills and behaviour can be learned.

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Leader of tyrant?

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

Historical figures in both roles.
The characteristics of a good and poor leader.
Some of the qualities required for effective leadership.
Qualities specific to good and poor leadership.

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Heroes and heroines

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

Active leadership.
Doing what is right.
The characteristics of heroic acts.
The behaviours of a hero.

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Leading or bullying?

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

Perceptions of power.
How easy it is to disguise bullying as leadership.
The crucial difference between leadership and bullying.
The leadership qualities a bully does not possess.

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Why take the lead?

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The motives behind becoming a leader.
How a motive can be both acceptable and unacceptable.
The relationship between personal success and the greater good.
Why people may want to take the lead.
Why personal success is a good thing.

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A worthy cause

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The difference between a cause and a conviction.
What makes a cause worthy.
Why a worthy cause is important in leadership.

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Humour - laughing and leading

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The positive influence of humour on effective leadership.
How misplaced humour can cause untold damage.
The appeal of humour and situations in which it is effective.

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Optimism - singing in the rain

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The power of optimism as a motivator and team builder.
The danger when optimism turns to delusion.
That optimism is a valuable tool only when the goals are credible and the optimist has proven able to deliver his/her promise.

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Tolerance - respecting others

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The importance of listening to the views of others.
The value of respecting other peoples' ideas.
The ability to embrace change.
Why tolerance is a vital quality in good leaders and how it can be used to earn respect.

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Marching to the beat

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

Music as a powerful form of communication.
Situations where music is used for this purpose.
How music can be used to affect mood and behaviour.
How lyrics can convey a powerful message.

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Cults and gangs

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

Gang culture.
Control versus leadership.
The characteristics of cults and gangs.
The dangers of gang membership.
The abuse of leadership.

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Courage - being brave

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

Being brave but not heroic.
Everyday courage.
The difference between courage and heroism.
Everyday opportunities to demonstrate courage.

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Thinking differently

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

Independent thinking.
Some problems that were solved by a person who 'thought differently'.
The benefits of a different approach.

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Step forward - speak up

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

Independent action.
Situations where failure to act made a problem worse.
Strategies required for managing agreement.

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Teamwork

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The benefits of working in teams.
The difference between a group and a team.
The characteristics of good teamwork.

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Dealing with trouble

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The role of a leader in handling conflict.
The signs and behaviour that signal the beginning of conflict.
The simple steps that can help to resolve the conflict.

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Building trust

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The benefits of being trustworthy and having trust in others.
The qualities that inspire trust.
The people and organisations in whom we place our trust.

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Self-esteem

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The power of confidence and the negative effects of poor self-esteem.
The behaviours of those with low self-esteem.
Simple ways in which we can help to build confidence in others.

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Honesty - tell it how it is

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The benefits of being honest at all times.
Truth has a number of highly valued, partner qualities.
Dishonesty is the enemy of trust.

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Responsibility - your call!

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The importance of your role as an individual.
Why you are responsible for how others perceive you.
Why you are the one person who determines success or failure.

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The big moment

This unit aims to help pupils to understand:

The importance of NOW.
The skills and qualities that allow you to take the lead.
Typical everyday opportunities to take the lead.

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