Coronavirus (COVID-19) information: Leading Together programme members

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Last updated 21 October 2020


New applicants

We’re continuing to accept new applications and enquiries for our Leading Together programme. In response to COVID-19, we’re offering additional support including coaching from an experienced headteacher. Schools can start to access this support from autumn 2020.

Current programme members

If you’re enrolled on our Leading Together programme, rest assured that the programme will continue. But we’re making some changes to stay in line with the latest advice and keep you supported through this challenging time.

In line with government guidelines, we are delivering module content online. Our immediate priority is to work with you and your team in a bespoke way that supports you with the current challenges and the priorities your school now faces. We can hold online one-to-one coaching sessions, work with you or small groups on key areas, and/or hold team coaching sessions.

From 2 November until the Christmas holidays, subject to school visitor policies and government guidelines, a limited number of Teach First staff (including Achievement Partners) will recommence essential face-to-face visits in schools.

We anticipate that a small proportion of schools may require an essential visit. This will only be in exceptional circumstances where face-to-face programme activity is deemed essential e.g. face-to-face support which cannot be completed online and is critical to retention and progression.

To minimise the risk to our employees and others, and to reduce the likelihood of Teach First spreading COVID-19 between schools, we will not be completing face-to-face visits where a school or Teach First employee is based in a Tier 3 (Very High Alert) area.

Please let me know if you feel that your school requires essential face-to-face or additional support. Each visit request will be reviewed on a case by case basis, and our team will make arrangements with your school where needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know it’s an uncertain time. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions to provide more guidance. As circumstances change, we'll keep these updated with the latest information as soon as we’re able to provide it. 

Are the Leading Together programme start and end dates changing?

There are no changes to the programme start and end dates for any of the Leading Together cohorts: 

  • Cohort 2 continues until April 2021.
  • Cohort 3 starts on 30 March 2020 and runs until April 2022.
  • Applications are now open for cohort 4 starting in spring 2021. 
What about Leading Together residentials, Kick Off Day and Twilights?

Module content usually covered at the Summer residentials for Cohort 2 and in-person twilights are being delivered online throughout the Autumn term. Cohort 3 content is now being delivered online throughout the autumn term. Contact your Achievement Partner for information about dates for your regional cluster.

Will support for Leading Together schools continue?

Yes. Bespoke support from the Achievement Partner is continuing virtually. This might include one-to-one coaching sessions or group sessions.

What about working with other schools? Can you help me with what other schools are doing to react to COVID-19?

Given current restrictions, we're sorry that cluster Twilights and visits to other schools aren't possible right now. Twilights are delivered online this term with other schools so you still have opportunities to collaborate. Your Achievement Partner will continue to support you to access other school’s expertise.

What happens if my Achievement Partner falls ill / is unable to work?

If your Achievement Partner is absent for any reason we will be in touch to let you know and to identify what support you need in their absence. All our Achievement Partners are trained to the same high level of skill and competence for the role. Our priority is the continuity of your programme so we will work closely with you to identify the most important areas for immediate focus.

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