What we do

We offer clear pathways of expert career progression for school leaders and support the long-term improvement of schools in challenging contexts.


Ambition School Leadership has merged with the Institute for Teaching to become a new organisation dedicated to supporting teachers and school leaders to keep getting better. We legally merged in September 2018, but will launch publicly as the new organisation in early 2019. Find out more.


Ambition School Leadership runs leadership development programmes in England that enable school leaders to create more impact in schools that serve disadvantaged children and their communities.

We are building a network of exceptional leaders at all levels in the schools that need them the most. We provide world-class leadership development and technical training to educators across England and Wales – from teachers aspiring to lead their department to CEOs steering multiple schools, and all the crucial leadership roles in between.

We work with partners across the education sector to support the long-term improvement of schools in challenging contexts and offer clear pathways of expert career progression for the most important job in the world.

Our leadership development programmes


Middle leadership

Our Aspiring Leadership Programme provides aspiring middle leaders with the key tools and theories needed to lead teaching and learning.

Teaching Leaders is our flagship middle leadership programme for high-potential middle leaders. With programmes tailored for primary and secondary practitioners, Teaching Leaders stretches and supports them to lead with confidence and transform pupil outcomes.

Our Middle Leadership Programme is tailored leadership development for a school’s whole middle leadership team.

Senior leadership and headship

Future Leaders is our flagship programme for senior leaders who have the talent and commitment to become headteachers of challenging schools within three years.

Our Headship Programme (with NPQH) is for senior leaders preparing to reach headship in 12-18 months or for headteachers looking for further development.

Talented Leaders matches exceptional headteachers and deputy heads ready for headship with schools that have struggled to recruit, embedding strong leaders in schools and communities that need long-term investment.

System leadership

Executive Educators provides current and aspiring system leaders with the knowledge and skills to improve outcomes and life chances for children across a group of schools, with tailored programmes for executive leaders of several schools, and those building and leading a sustainable MAT.

NPQ Alliance

We deliver National Professional Qualifications for school leaders (NPQs) through a national alliance of multi-academy trusts, teaching school alliances and teaching schools. The NPQs we offer through the Alliance are the NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL

Find out more about each of our programmes here.