ALICSE Leadership Programme

What is it?

This East Midlands programme for advanced leadership in an integrated children’s service environment is a unique programme created in 2010 by the Directors of Children’s Services (DCSs).

The ALICSE leadership programme is an extended development opportunity for leaders looking to develop within an integrated or more multi-agency environment. The programme includes 5 one-day events held in Nottingham over a period of several months and a range of other ‘blended learning’ opportunities such as work-based projects, placements, self and 360 evaluations, online learning and group seminars. The events have high quality keynote inputs from the region’s Directors of Children’s Services and a range of other notable speakers. The programme is co-delivered with five of the East Midlands’ universities to enable participants to receive accreditation.

Who is it for?

In 2012/13 there will be one cohort of around 90 people, recruited from across all sectors of the children’s workforce and across the region. Participants will already have received leadership training in some form, usually from their sector-specific background, and are now keen to extend their leadership to work effectively within the more integrated environment that now exists.

The programme is for existing leaders who may be a head of service or organisation or may work in one of the children’s service ‘sectors’ eg schools, health, police, youth, third sector and now developing their leadership within an integrated children’s service environment. The recruitment guidance recommends representation from all sectors of the children’s workforce as depicted in ‘Building Brighter Futures’ (DCSF). ALICSE is for colleagues who are ambitious to improve their leadership capability beyond the scope of existing leadership programmes.

DCSs and Children’s Trusts may also specifically seek to develop key individuals as part of their talent spotting and succession management strategy.

ALICSE Structure [original]

The programme is being supported by the East Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (EMIEP) and the National College for Leadership in Schools and Children’s Services.

ALICSE is a leadership development programme for the East Midlands and as such it will support the personal and professional development of up to 90 participants each year. However, ALICSE will also make a significant contribution to the creation of a sustainable culture of leadership within Children’s Trusts that will improve outcomes through the implementation of the Children’s Plan within the region for years to come.

What’s special about ALICSE?

ALICSE is a distinctive East Midlands programme that has been designed to provide some particular learning and development opportunities. These include:

  • ALICSE is a totally personalised programme with options that each participant tailors to their particular learning needs and leadership profile.
  • ALICSE is being co-ordinated through the nine Directors of Children’s Services in the region and is benefitting from their direct support in terms of sponsorship, keynote contributions, support for regional inter-agency placements/attachments and the backing of their Children’s Trusts.
  • Participants will come from across the region and from a number of backgrounds and provide rich opportunities to learn with and from one another.
  • Multi-professional leadership learning opportunities with a focus on integrated children’s services delivery
  • Uses self evaluation and 360 degree diagnostics to inform learning journey – against National Leadership Qualities Framework (Leadership Skills, Attributes and Knowledge)
  • Programme outcomes will address three levels: individual development, organisational service improvement and regional succession management.
  • Cohorts are developed as communities of learning practice that will provide key contacts of support and advice well beyond the programme.
  • The programme events provide opportunities to work with international leadership experts, serving corporate leaders from around the region and to engage in innovative problem-solving with fellow participants.
  • Five local universities in the region are providing participants with support through the ALICSE programme to enable them to achieve 30 CATs points in children’s service leadership (PG level)
  • The ALICSE structure is fully compatible with national children’s service programmes and participants have access to the National College’s leadership library and online knowledge programmes.
  • An emphasis upon personalised locality based action learning and problem-solving assignments with impact on outcomes for children, young people and families
  • ALICSE includes intensive 5 day attendance including one overnight residential at the National College to support learner relationships
  • Facilitated seminar groups sustain and embed cross-professional, reflective and collaborative learning with ongoing learning support provided by ALICSE HEI Tutors
  • Relevant shadowing or placement/attachment experiences
  • On-line registration, tracking of progression and e-portfolio facilities


The formal planned elements for each cohort will take place over a 9 month period but a number of introductory activities are also required before the first programme event. Participants will also be able to access and continue their learning activities after the formal activities are concluded.

Delivery method

The programme is underpinned by a needs assessment and is personalised to address a range of aspects of leadership in an integrated children’s service environment. A range of delivery methods is involved, including face to face events, personal tutor and peer support, action learning sets, supported work-based learning and the use of online resources.

How to get involved?

Places on the ALICSE programme during 2012/13 are being allocated across the region and across different sectors in a process co-ordinated within each Children’s Trust partnership by the Director of Children’s Services. Enquiries for places from colleagues based in a local area should therefore be routed through the Children’s Trust for that area.  Colleagues not based in one specific area should make their enquiry to