Future Leaders

Do you have the talent and commitment to become a headteacher within two to three years?
For high-potential leaders close to headship

Future Leaders is our selective programme for both primary and secondary senior leaders. This intensive leadership development programme is for leaders with the talent and commitment to become headteachers of schools in challenging contexts within two to three years.

We are looking for exceptional participants with a proven track record of making a positive impact.

Enquire now and one of our team will contact you with information on the programme. Applications are now closed, but you will be able to register your interest in our next cohort.

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 compulsory residential from Sunday 30 July 2017 till Friday 4 August 2017 (with an opportunity to stay on Friday evening after the Gala Dinner; the Gala Dinner is compulsory to attend).

There is a school contribution, but no upfront cost to participants.

Impact

Leaders who have completed the programme have seen substantial improvements in outcomes for the children they serve. In Areas 5 and 6, 85% of schools led by a Future Leader for two of more years have Progress 8 results above their Local Authority average. 

Enquire now and one of our team will contact you with information on the programme. Applications are now closed, but you will be able to register your interest in our next cohort.


Future Leaders - NPQH

We are awaiting final confirmation from the Department for Education on the licensing of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), an announcement on which has been delayed until after the General Election.

Our current intention is for Future Leaders to offer the NPQH qualification which will possibly require additional written submission, training and cost.

We will keep all partner schools and incoming participants informed of changes.

Participants


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
  • You will work in a school that meets our eligibility criteria. Click here to find out if your school is eligible for the Future Leaders programme.

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

Enquire now and one of our team will contact you with information on the programme. Applications are now closed, but you will be able to register your interest in our next cohort.

  • 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 impact in schools?

    Leaders who have completed the programme have seen substantial improvements in outcomes for the children they serve.

    85% of schools above average Progress 8 in Areas 5 and 6:

    In Areas 5 and 6, 85% of schools led by a Future Leader for two of more years have Progress 8 results above their Local Authority average.

    44.9% disadvantaged pupils gaining A*-C English and maths:

    44.9% of disadvantaged pupils achieved A*-C in English and maths GCSE in schools led by a Future Leader, compared to 42.8% in similar schools.

    6 percentage points above national average in reading, writing and maths:

    44% of disadvantaged pupils in primary schools that have been led by a Future Leader headteacher for three or more years reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths – compared to the average of 37% in Areas 5 and 6 and 38% nationally.

  • 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
    An 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