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Developing school leaders

Access free NPQ-accredited leadership training.

Developing school leaders

Our free, NPQ-accredited leadership programmes help talented teachers become inspiring leaders at every level.

 About the programme 

We know we need to support teachers not just through their initial training, but across their whole school career. And we share this responsibility with our community of schools, working in partnership to create better environments for teachers to stay and thrive where they are most needed. 

Our fully funded programmes each span 12-15 months, with flexible learning via our online portal and in-person sessions. This structured learning will help your staff to develop the leadership skills and behaviours needed to succeed as a leader in a challenging context.  

By engaging with research, mentor support, best practice and their peer network, your people will become confident leaders with a strong understanding of what works best in your school community.

Almost a third of teachers
Quit the state sector within five years of qualifying, citing excessive workload & system changes as reasons.
Nine out ten teachers
Say leadership development opportunities would increase how likely they are to remain at their school.
Developing leadership skills
Support your teachers to build on leadership skills and behaviours, and continue to make improvements.
Find the right career path
Help your teachers and leaders establish a clear career path in school leadership that supports them.

Benefits for your school 

Our programmes:

  • are fully-funded and can help to increase your school’s leadership capacity without additional cost 
  • support your school in improving leadership and creating an environment where staff and pupils can thrive 
  • contribute to your school’s strategies to retain, develop and motivate your staff 
  • focus on improving educational inequality and the leadership skills needed to lead in challenging contexts 
  • help your staff embed their learning and equip them with the latest evidence-informed practice 
  • are offered by an organisation you already work with, giving you confidence in terms of quality. 

How to apply 

Fully funded places on our programmes are available to teachers working in Teach First eligible schools and current partner schools. This means we can make the most effective use of our resources for the communities we support and target schools and pupils in areas of greatest need.  

You can learn more about the programme, the application process and full eligibility criteria on our school leadership page. The application window for the 2019/20 school leadership programmes is now closed. Applications for our 2020/21 programmes will open towards the end of this calendar year. In the meantime, do encourage anyone interested in the programmes to complete an Expression of Interest form and we’ll be in touch when applications open.

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