Encouraging new and aspiring Directors of Children’s Services to become inspirational leaders and the positive change-makers the UK’s young people depend upon.

The Aspirant Directors Programme – what to expect

Starting in September 2024 and running until March 2025, the upon Programme will welcome around 35 Aspirant Directors.

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The New Directors Programme

The delivery of the programme will be a blend of virtual and face to face learning. And don’t worry, we’ll make sure there are a mix of activities so you’re not glued to a screen and you get to take advantage of the informal interactions that you would benefit from during a residential programme.

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Useful downloads and support material

If you’re a new DCS or aspiring to be one, our library of information and inspiration could be the perfect resource for you.

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Insights – what it’s really like to be a DCS

Hear from well-respected leaders who’ve shared their experiences of the challenges they face, the impact they make and the rewards they thrive upon.

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upon is designed to stoke fires in the bellies of future DCS’ by creating a highly respected, well-networked community of ambitious and courageous new leaders, encouraging and supporting them to challenge “the way it’s always been done” and become the positive change-makers the UK’s young people depend upon.


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All we need you to do at this stage is let us know you’re interested in finding out more. No long-winded forms to fill in, just some top-level information for us to base an informal, exploratory conversation upon.

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    Our partners

    Supported by the DfE, upon is delivered by The Staff College, Institute of Public Care, Skills for Care and GatenbySanderson.

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