Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Leading Together information
We know right now you will be focused on supporting your pupils and school through this difficult time.
Last updated 11 May 2020
That is the right priority. Thank you for all you’re doing.
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 have cancelled the July Residentials and any Twilight sessions, and are rephasing our support so that all new learning module content is delayed until the autumn. If we’re still not able to meet together face-to-face at that point, then we will deliver the content virtually.
This term, 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 virtual one-to-one coaching sessions, work with you or small groups on key areas, and/or hold team coaching sessions.
We want to ensure you can continue to access our programme, no matter what your circumstance. We know some people will have caring/childcare/additional work responsibilities so don’t be afraid if your family or housemates appear on screen during virtual sessions and let us know if you need us to make any further reasonable adjustments to support your engagement with the programme.
For any queries or concerns, contact your Achievement Partner in the first instance.We’re sorry for the disruption but are confident we’ll be able to keep supporting you through our new approach. We’re determined to be there for you in this difficult time.
FAQs (we'll be updating these, so check regularly)
- 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 1 ends on 3 April 2020
• Cohort 2 continues until April 2021
• Cohort 3 starts on 30 March 2020 and runs until April 2022.
- What about Leading Together residentials, Kick Off Day and Twilights?
The cohort 2 Summer term twilights and the Residential have been cancelled. Content from those and new learning modules have all been delayed until the Autumn term. They may be delivered in person or virtually in the Autumn term, depending on government guidance at that point. Detail and sequencing for these modules will be shared after the May half term holiday.
The cohort 3 Kick Off Day, first twilight and Residential have all been cancelled. Learning module content has been delayed until the Autumn term. They may be delivered in person or virtually in the Autumn term, depending on government guidance at that point. Detail and sequencing for these modules will be shared after the May half term holiday.
- Will support for Leading Together schools continue?
Yes. Bespoke support from the Achievement Partner is continuing virtually. This might include 1-2-1 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 school visits aren't possible right now. However, we've compiled this page on My Teach First as a bank of resources from other schools on responding to Covid-19. We hope it's useful and we're here to keep supporting you to access other schools' expertise through our Achievement Partners.
- 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.