Aspiring Leadership Programme

For groups of teachers preparing for their first leadership roles
For aspiring middle leaders

Our Aspiring Leadership Programme fulfils the demand for high-quality leadership development for teachers with the ambition to step up into leadership. It equips them with the key tools, theories and confidence to become leaders of teaching and learning in schools in challenging contexts, with a focus on the accountability and moral imperative of leadership. 

To find out more about our Aspiring Leadership Programme, please contact us.

About the programme

The programme:

  • gives participants the skills and confidence to step into a middle leadership post
  • ensures that they are aware of the accountability and moral imperative of the role
  • equips them with a set of tools, including a Lesson Study, to make an impact on an area of teaching and learning in school

Sessions are delivered by an experienced Ambition School Leadership facilitator in a school, or by a member of your senior leadership team, who will receive content and facilitation training.

School eligibility

Our Aspiring Leadership Programme is available for both primary and secondary schools, and can be delivered to a team of teachers from one school or a cluster of schools.

If the programme is being delivered across a cluster of schools, the majority of teachers should come from schools that meet our school eligibility criteria.

Participant eligibility

In order for participants to get the most out of the programme, they should meet the following criteria:

  • have completed at least one year of full-time teaching
  • be a highly effective teacher who strives to achieve the best outcomes and progress for their pupils
  • not hold a middle leadership position, nor hold line management responsibility for another teacher

To find out more about the our Aspiring Leadership Programme, please contact us

  • How does our Aspiring Leadership Programme work?

    The programme consists of four sessions which are spread over two terms, with dates and times set with participating schools:

    Session 1: Stepping up to middle leadership

    Session 2: Leading teaching and learning

    Session 3: Managing teaching and learning

    Session 4: Securing a middle leader position through effective communication


    The programme can be delivered flexibly to suit the needs of your school or cluster. Four development sessions take place in your school or nominated lead school over the course of two terms. They are led by one of our facilitators, part of an experienced team of former school leaders, current Ofsted inspectors and trainers from the corporate sector. They will be assisted by either:  

    • an Ambition School Leadership middle leader already making a proven impact in their school; or  
    • a member of your own senior leadership team, who will receive training in facilitation and our session content and materials. 

  • How will I know it has made an impact?

    Impact tool: Lesson Study

    Between sessions participants also conduct inter-session assignments including a lesson study, using interventions, strategies, and lesson observations to practise the skills they are developing on the programme and to have a deeper impact on a chosen group of pupils.
  • What are the benefits of our Aspiring Leadership Programme?

    Develop and retain your high-potential staff

    Teachers are empowered to address personal strengths and areas for development and explore transferable skills from their current role

    Teachers with the potential to become highly effective middle leaders are prepared for their next step, building the pipeline of talent in your school

    Build a collaborative culture of continuous development

    Participants develop and share their teaching practice across classes or across local schools

    Participants explore developmental feedback techniques for 1:1s and lesson observations, bringing these back into your school to put into practice

    Become part of a powerful network

    Your school and leaders will join Ambition School Leadership’s national network of more than 4,000 leaders and 1,500 schools, sharing ideas and best practice.