Future Leaders

Do you have the potential to become a headteacher within two to three years?
For leaders close to headship

Future Leaders is a selective, two-year development programme for exceptional senior leaders with a commitment to eradicating educational disadvantage and a proven track record of making a positive impact.

The programme gives participants the skills and strategies to lead schools in challenging contexts.

Enquire now about the Future Leaders programme - deadline 26 April.

The Future Leaders programme includes:

  • Intensive leadership development training based on the latest research
  • Ongoing mentoring and coaching from our pool of experienced headteachers and executive coaches
  • Visits to exemplary schools across England
  • Tailored career development and guidance to enable you to reach headship within three years

Our expectation is that you will reach headship within three years, supported at every stage by us and your peers within our national network.

Participants commit to stay in their sponsoring school for the two years of the programme or until they get a headship, whichever is earlier.

There will be a residential between July and August - final dates to be confirmed.

Enquire Now about the Future Leaders programme - deadline 26 April.

To join the Future Leaders programme:

  • You must have the track record, potential and commitment to become the headteacher of a challenging school within two to three years
  • As we are looking for applicants whose next step is headship, we will be focusing on deputy heads in secondary, and deputy and assistant heads in primary. Assistant heads in secondary whose role is commensurate to that of a deputy head are also welcome to apply.
  • You will have evidence of having made substantial positive impact on a school or organisation
  • You will be an exceptional teacher with QTS or QTLS and have senior leadership experience in English schools within the past five years
  • You are committed to working in a school in a challenging context

We particularly welcome applications from candidates in schools in Opportunity Areas or Category 5 & 6 areas.

Enquire Now about the Future Leaders programme - deadline 26 April.

  • How can I find out more about the programme?

    For an informal discussion about the programme, please get in touch with a member of our regional team:

    South office
    0203 828 2451
    south@ambitionschoolleadership.org.uk

    Midlands and the South West office
    0121 796 1010
    midlands@ambitionschoolleadership.org.uk

    North office
    0161 669 5610
    north@ambitionschoolleadership.org.uk

  • What is the selection process?

    Stage 1: Application
    You will be required to complete an online application form.  Your form will then be marked by trained assessors. 

    Stage 2: An assessment centre
    As assessment centre is a method that involves candidates being assessed by multiple assessors across multiple activities.  You will be assessed against the Ambition School Leadership Behavioural Competency Framework by trained assessors.  The activities you will undertake at this assessment centre are:

    • Presentation
    • Role Play
    • Reflective
    • Focused Interview

    Stage 3: A technical assessment process
    You will be assessed in a variety of activities that assess technical competencies by trained assessors. 

    Quality and Rigour
    All selection stages are designed by specialists in the field of occupational psychology.  All candidates will sit the same activities during a selection stage, with standardised information and timings.  A quality assurance process takes place at each stage to ensure the accuracy, consistency and fairness of assessments made.

  • Am I eligible to join the programme?

    To join the Future Leaders programme:

    • You must have the track record, potential and commitment to become the headteacher of a challenging school within two to three years
    • As we are looking for applicants whose next step is headship, we will be focusing on deputy heads in secondary, and deputy and assistant heads in primary. Assistant heads in secondary whose role is commensurate to that of a deputy head are also welcome to apply.
    • You will have evidence of having made substantial positive impact on a school or organisation
    • You will be an exceptional teacher with QTS or QTLS and have senior leadership experience in English schools within the past five years
    • You are committed to working in a school in a challenging context