The Civil Service Leadership Academy provides leaders with a knowledge and understanding of the core disciplines that underpin the civil service.
To provide confident and powerful leadership in a multidisciplinary environment, leaders need a depth of knowledge and understanding of the core disciplines that underpin the work of the Civil Service. This includes key professions and functions, and the core Civil Service discipline of politics. The Leadership Academy can support you to develop and broaden capability through a range of workshops, resources, and events.
What senior leaders need to know
The guidesets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that all senior leaders should seek to acquire, in order to provide effective cross-functional leadership. This will help you identify gaps in your capability, and target your development.
Core knowledge learning
A suite of learning opportunities providing an essential grounding in core Civil Service disciplines. Designed specifically for senior Civil Servants, in partnership with the professions, functions and parliament, focusing on the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to lead in a multidisciplinary environment.
The following learning can be completed online, for free.
Developed for the Leadership Academy by the Government Finance Academy (GFA), this online learning presentation provides an overview of how money moves around government, to help senior leaders understand their roles and accountabilities in forecasting and managing spend. This will help you understand how public spending is planned and controlled, the activities involved in translating policy decisions into practical solutions, and key government financial principles.
Workshops and seminars
The following events are now scheduled, and available for all senior leaders.
Workshops covering other core disciplines will be added in the coming months.
|Politics||Leading in Parliament||4 Sept|
|Policy||Leaders Teaching Leaders: Philip Rycroft, Permanent Secretary, DExEU||12 Sept|
|Finance||The spending journey: introduction to the effective management of public money||14 Sept|
|Politics||Parliamentary Insights: Primary Legislation||20 Sept|
|Policy||Leaders Teaching Leaders: Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secterary, DfE||3 Oct|
|Analysis||Analysis in Government: the questions you’re too senior ask||10 Oct|
|Politics||Parliamentary Insights: Delegated Legislation||11 Oct|
|Politics||Parliamentary Insights: Select Committees||1 Nov|
|Operations||Operational Delivery in government - the questions you’re too senior to ask||8 Nov|
|Policy||Leaders Teaching Leaders: Matthew Rycroft CBE, Permanent Secretary, DfID||13 Nov|
|Politics||Parliamentary Insights: Debates and Voting||22 Nov|
|Legal||Law in Government: ten questions you’re too senior ask||26 Nov|
|Finance||The Spending Journey: introduction to the effective management of public money||7 Dec|
|Politics||Parliamentary Insights: Pre- and post-legislative scrutiny||13 Dec|
Drawing from the experiences of other senior leaders and sharing ideas is an essential way for leaders to develop. Through the Leadership Academy, senior leaders will have access to a range of seminars and events, aimed at generating dialogue and learning from other senior civil servants about their experiences of leading in a multidisciplinary environment.
Support from a specialist peer
We can match you with a senior leader from a different profession, who can offer advice and guidance when leading outside your own area of expertise. Drawing from the knowledge and experience of your peers will help broaden your understanding of core disciplines, and should be a key source of support.
To be matched with a suitable peer, please contact: CSleadershipacademy@cabinetoffice.gov.uk
Experiential and immersive learning
Going forward, we will introduce a range of immersive and experiential learning, to embed, practice and hone the capabilities required to lead in a multidisciplinary environment. These will provide very practical and ‘hands-on’ development opportunities, to take your learning to a deeper level.