Our two-year programme begins with Summer Institute, which marks the start of our participants’ journey as a teacher and leader.
This is an intensive five-week residential where participants learn the knowledge and skills that they’ll need to take their first steps as a teacher. Participants spend the first four weeks of Summer Institute in the local area where they'll be teaching, whilst week five brings all of them together in one location. During this time, they:
develop an understanding of educational inequality and their role in addressing it
become embedded in their local school community
develop the skills, particularly practical ones, they need to employ effective teaching methods and practice in the classroom.
Summer Institute is just the start of this training, which continues throughout the two-year Leadership Development Programme. Participants complete a total of 432 hours, equivalent to 72 days, of training during the first year.
Starting in schools
After Summer Institute participants begin teaching in one of our partner schools. In order to have a real impact on the pupils they teach they work alongside a dedicated school mentor and tutors from one of our university partners towards a PGDE, taking part in a range of additional development opportunities.
After year one, and as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), participants continue to teach full time, working towards the ambitious goals they set for their pupils. They have access to further development opportunities and many also take on additional responsibilities to broaden the impact they have on their class.
be a partner school
Participants are supported by a dedicated Participant Development Lead, as well as mentors from our partner schools and universities, who all help them to meet the ambitious visions they set for their pupils’ progress.
Participants also have the chance to be matched with a volunteer coach from one of our supporting organisations. These volunteers help our participants achieve their professional goals and address the leadership challenges they are facing within their schools so that they can best support their pupils.
During the summer holidays our participants and ambassadors have the opportunity to take on a Summer Project - a 1-3 week internship with a partner organisation. This experience outside of the classroom helps them develop their confidence and leadership skills – all qualities that they can bring back to the classroom.
Participants and ambassadors have the option to work towards a Master's qualification, which is designed to further their leadership abilities.
On successfully completing the two-year Leadership Development Programme, our participants become ambassadors. Our ambassadors continue to be a vital part of the growing community of individuals and organisations committed to tackling educational inequality both inside and outside the classroom.
Find out more about our ambassador network