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Applying for the School Leadership Pathway

Applying for the School Leadership Pathway

Applications for the School Leadership Pathway are open from 25 June and will close at 20:59 on 31 July 2018. Please find more detailed information below to support you with your application. 

How to apply

- Eligible Teach First ambassadors who have already registered their interest will receive a link to their personalised application form via email. If you have not already received an email with a link to your application form, please sign up for updates and we will send you a personalised email with details of how to apply. 

- All applications require an endorsement from your headteacher to qualify as a completed application. When completing your application form, you will be asked to provide the contact information for the headteacher at the school in which you will be working during 2018/19. 

- If you are unable to speak to your future headteacher (in the case of moving schools this September), please obtain the headteacher endorsement from your current headteacher. Please inform your new headteacher as soon as possible to secure their support for joining the programme of your choice. 

- We will be contacting successful applicants from mid-August so please keep an eye on the email account connected to your application. 

Application guidance

When writing answers to questions as part of your application, please ensure that you: 

- Clearly articulate why you would like to complete the School Leadership Pathway, showing how you would use this professional development opportunity to improve your teaching practise and expand your personal impact to improve outcomes for children.

- Cite specific examples of different elements of the School Leadership Pathway you are interested in and how these will be of benefit.

- Demonstrate a genuine passion for completing the Teach First School Leadership Pathway and an ambition to develop and progress your career in education whilst working to tackle educational inequality. 

Please note: There is no right or wrong answer for ‘content areas’ and ‘leadership behaviours’ and all selections are equally valuable.  We will use these application form responses to shortlist for the limited places available on each programme.

Selection criteria

We are looking for applicants who: 

- Illustrate a strong understanding of the School Leadership Pathway and how this professional development opportunity will improve their practise to the benefit of others.

- Explain how the School Leadership Pathway will have a positive impact on pupils and their wider school community 

- Reflect on their personal professional development needs, focusing on the ‘content areas’ and ‘leadership behaviours’ outlined in the questions on the application form. 

- Are committed to tackling educational inequity and work in the schools that need them the most. 

Equal opportunities

Teach First will operate a blind shortlisting process to ensure equal opportunities are observed for all applicants.

Moving schools

- Should you choose to move schools before you have completed the School Leadership Pathway there could be implications for your School Improvement project such as accessing school data.  

- Ideally, learners will complete their project before they move to another school. This could safeguard against needing to restart the School Improvement Project in your new school. 

- If you do move schools, it is important to maintain a positive relationship with your former headteacher so you can access the data needed to evaluate the School Improvement Project for your assessment. 

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