Teach First is delighted to have been chosen by the Department of Education as one of the providers for the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund.
Using a research informed approach, and drawing on our strong network of partners, we will be launching a new two-year programme for schools called' Leading Together' in spring 2018. This will be focused on supporting schools to build and sustain strong, empowered and effective leadership teams that will lead to positive impact on the achievement of teachers and their pupils.
Why is Leading Together needed?
We want to support senior leadership teams as a whole to improve their schools and to have the plans in place for this which will harness existing and new resources and opportunities to best effect. Ultimately, Leading Together aims to build capacity across the whole leadership team to provide sustainable transformation for schools.
What will the programme comprise?
Having already developed Outstanding leadership programmes to support schools and pupils in low-income communities, we have developed a rigorous two-year package with six key development opportunities for school leadership teams.
Following a needs analysis, each school will be provided with a bespoke package of on-going support and coaching by Teach First, and a locally-based ‘Achievement Partner’ who will be an experienced senior leader working shoulder to shoulder with the school for the two-years. The school's leadership team will undertake a range of online and face-to-face learning modules to understand best practice, be introduced to a range of support networks in their local community to facilitate shared learning, and have access to a pot of funding to bring in specialist support.
What criteria will schools need to meet?
We will be talking to schools interested in taking part in the first year of the programme from September 2017. We are looking to work with schools that have been graded 3 or 4 by Ofsted and that serve low-income communities. Leading Together will initially partner with schools in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber, with plans to expand to other opportunity areas after the first year.