Our leadership programmes

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From classroom teachers to senior leaders and heads, our training provides world-class support at every level, while helping drive whole-school improvement.

  • Free or subsidised rates for your school
  • Tackle issues holding pupils back across your school
  • Retain your school’s leadership talent
  • Expert training, mentorship and support
  • Flexible learning that can be accessed online
  • Join networks working to build a fair education for all

Leadership matters. Through expert training, mentoring and support we’ll make sure your leaders have the tools to drive positive change across your school.


Support for schools tackling the biggest challenges

We want more young people to benefit from effective leadership in schools. That’s why our leadership programmes support schools in England or Wales who teach a high number of pupils from low-income backgrounds. For more detailed information about the schools we work with, check the ‘Apply’ tab for each programme.

Tackle issues holding pupils back across your school

We’re all about providing practical solutions to challenges your school faces. Each programme helps leaders come up with plans relevant to their level and implement them. That could be a plan that supports pupils across a department, up to a whole school improvement strategy.

Retain your school’s leadership talent

Teachers and leaders at all levels are more likely to stay at your school if they’re given opportunities to progress. All our programmes do that and many come with a National Professional Qualification in leadership.  

Expert training, mentorship and support

Based on the latest research and best practice from education systems across the globe, our training is designed to make a real long-term impact. It’s all backed by mentoring from Teach First experts who have extensive experience improving schools.

Flexible learning that can be accessed online

Alongside face-to-face coaching and networking events much of the learning on our programmes is provided online in modules. That means they can be taken when and where suits the person studying them.   

Join a network of leaders all fighting to end educational inequality

Build connections with other schools and leaders, as well as businesses that support our cause. The networks you create during our programmes will provide support and collaboration opportunities for years to come.

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Our programmes

Middle Leader Programme

Keep great teachers in your school by developing their leadership talent. Our research has found 49% of classroom teachers would like to move into leadership positions. This programme will give them the confidence and skills to step up.

For existing middle leaders, this programme will enhance their ability to support the pupils and teachers they work with. Everyone will finish with a National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML), during the course they’ll also implement a plan that overcomes barriers children face across a department, subject or other area of middle leadership.

Senior Leader Programme

Help your senior leaders make a real impact across your school and give middle leaders the skills to take on more responsibility. With two thirds of middle leaders eager to step up it’s a great opportunity to grow the senior leadership talent in your school.

This programme will address the specific needs of your school at a senior level such as deputy head, business manager or inclusion lead. It’ll train and support senior and middle leaders to plan and implement whole-school improvements while gaining a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).     

Headship Programme

Supporting headteachers to drive improvements throughout their schools, you’ll develop a plan that gets to grips with the biggest challenges your pupils face. We’ll also help you to build a senior leadership team that’ll be right behind you every step of the way.

Our research shows 42% of heads don’t have a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and many feel isolated. On our programme you’ll earn an NPQH and, more importantly, be supported to create and embed a culture that encourages leaders at all levels.

Careers Leader Programme

By the end of 2020 your school will be required to provide world class careers guidance as defined by the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. So all pupils, from all backgrounds, get a fairer shot at success.

Our programme supports middle and senior leaders to take responsibility for your school’s careers provision, building a whole school strategy that provides young people with life-changing careers guidance and opportunities.

Not only will careers learning be built into all aspects of the curriculum, leaders will be equipped to train colleagues how to deliver it. So the benefits of our programme extend throughout your school, for years to come.  

Leading Together Programme

Working with the headteacher and their senior leadership team we’ll boost leadership across your whole school.

This programme will collectively grow your ability to meet the challenges your school faces and address any leadership gaps. It’ll also support you to instil a culture that encourages teachers and middle leaders who want to take on more responsibility. 

A dedicated Teach First leadership expert will guide you through the whole programme and you’ll have access to a £10,000 learning pot to bring in extra expertise where it’s needed.

The networks that are created through the programme are really useful.
Kate Matthews,
Middle Leader Programme member
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The programme has meant that more pupils are going out and looking for work experience.
Verity Hadden,
Careers Leader Programme member
St. George's Catholic School
The Leading Together Programme has come at a fantastic time for us.
Linda Emmett,
All Saints Catholic College

Develop teachers and leaders who share your commitment to a fair education. Our support focuses on your school’s needs, working together to ensure you thrive.

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