Every school needs:

One great leader

Leaders at every level 

Transform every level of your school leadership

Apply now to our school leadership programmes. They provide world-class support to educators at every level – from classroom teachers to senior leaders and heads. And they’ll help drive improvements across your whole school. 
Every school needs strong leadership – but none more so than those tackling the biggest challenges.
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Our school leadership programmes: 

  • Are open to any teacher in schools serving disadvantaged communities – you don’t need to have trained with us
  • Fit around busy teachers’ schedules, with flexible face-to-face and online learning opportunities 
  • Boost your knowledge, confidence and career 
  • Plug you into a powerful network of teachers and schools, to learn from one another 
  • Are practical, and will help you develop solutions to challenges your school faces now
  • Are designed for leaders in schools serving disadvantaged areas

Qualifications to support middle leaders, senior leaders or heads 

Our NPQ  programmes are designed to inspire and motivate you on your school leadership journey. Whether you’re a middle leader or senior leader, or if you’re considering the next steps towards headship, we’ve got you covered.  
Become a stronger, more effective leader for your school. Develop your skills and accelerate your career with peer learning, mentoring, and networking. And gain a National Professional Qualification.
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The networks that are created through the programme are really useful. There are peer groups and there’s an immediate sense that you have all these people to call on, from varying levels and various different positions that can influence you.
Katie Matthews,
NPQML programme member

Develop a careers lead for your school

Boost your schools’ careers education and accelerate towards the Gatsby Benchmarks with free training, online resources and personalised support. All to prepare your pupils for success beyond school. 
Our free Careers Leader programme is a tried and tested method for devising and implementing a successful careers strategy, designed to fit the unique challenges your school faces. As part of our network, you’ll work with our community to ensure that meeting statutory guidance is a breeze, not a burden.  
With the right approach, we can unlock the potential in all our children – not just some.  
Apply now for our free Careers Leader programme. For more information email careersleaders@teachfirst.org.uk.
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How the programmes work

The Senior Leadership Team and staff are hearing about what I’m doing and seeing the impact on the young people. It feels like our careers strategy is much more embedded across the school.
Verity Hadden,
Careers Leader
St George’s Catholic School

Improvements across a whole school

Our leadership training isn’t just for individuals. Our Leading Together programme builds your entire senior team with expert coaching and training. It’s free and tailored to your school’s needs. 
Take a step back from the day-to-day challenges of leading a school and, as a team, enjoy the opportunity to look to the long-term. With support from an experienced school leader, you’ll learn how to prioritise the improvements that will make the biggest difference – to your school and your pupils. 
Apply now for our free Leading Together programme. For more information email: leadingtogether@teachfirst.org.uk.


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We’ve been able to identify our strengths and areas for development – but in a very safe environment, with our Achievement Partner coaching us through that. As a result, we feel we have a very clear picture of the things we need to do.
Christabel Shepherd,
Executive Headteacher
Holybrook Primary School

Join our school leadership programmes

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