The NLCF Leading Learning Programme

The National Leisure and Culture Forum Leading Learning Programme offers the highest quality leadership training and mentoring for senior local authority cultural services managers from across the UK.

Leading Learning is an innovative cultural leadership programme tailored to local government concerns for those in the cultural sector. It has five main support elements: initial 360-degree assessment of your leadership strengths and potential; six days of residential sessions to allow you to meet inspiring exemplars, reflect on your own practice and challenge your knowledge and skills; monthly one-to-one mentoring sessions with a well-matched senior figure with extensive local government experience and expertise; five bi-monthly facilitated action learning sets organised regionally; and a website with further reading, participants’ forums and development opportunities.

The aim is to help individuals to make a difference in local government, be an effective champion of culture and develop their leadership potential.

Evaluation of the NLCF Leading Learning Programme

The summative evaluation of the sixth year of the NLCF Leading Learning Programme explores the impact of the programme and offers insights on the impact on participants and their careers. Read the evaluation report to see how the Leading Learning Programme can work for you.

Download NLCF Leading Learning Programme Evaluation:
Summative report for the sixth year of the programme. [Pdf]


Master Class tickets now available online
You can now book places on the Leading Learning Programme Master Class Series on workplace resilience via the online booking service Eventbrite. The series begins on 23 June and all the master class events will be held in central London. Book your places now via

Master Class Series: workplace resilience

A new Leading Learning Programme Master Class Series will focus on the subject of workplace resilience.  These four interactive one-day work shops will enable leaders to survive the unprecedented challenges that the sport, leisure and culture sector is currently facing; and even to thrive in this environment!

Rate your own workplace resilience
Try the free Workplace Resilience Diagnostic Exercise to help you assess your requirements for training and support. Download the tool now.

LLP alumni master class discounts
Leading Learning Programme alumni will be able to take advantage of significant discounts for events in the latest master class series.


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