Teaching Leaders Secondary

Our selective programme for high-potential middle leaders looking to increase their impact, with tailored primary and secondary pathways
Current middle leaders such as Head of Department, Head of Year or a whole-school lead role (e.g. SEN), or second in charge of a large department or pastoral area.

Teaching Leaders is our flagship two-year leadership development programme for high-potential middle leaders working in schools in challenging contexts.

Blending intensive coaching, face-to-face training and online learning, Teaching Leaders helps schools to retain and develop high-potential staff, improve pupil outcomes and close achievement gaps for disadvantaged children. 

Teaching Leaders is a selective programme. Our rigorous assessment and selection process ensures that participants form a powerful peer group of like-minded, optimistic and collaborative leaders.

The programme starts with an inspiring and developmental residential that brings together the entire national cohort to network and build valuable relationships that will last throughout the programme and beyond. Over the course of the two years, participants will benefit from: 

  • 59 hours of face-to-face development from experienced facilitators with school leadership backgrounds, including nine evening seminars and five weekend ‘challenge days’  
  • 21 hours’ of 1:1 coaching with experienced leaders from schools in challenging contexts 
  • ten online learning modules, which deepen understanding and encourage self-directed learning 
  • two national residentials (five days in year one and three days in year two). Speakers at the year one residential include Sir David Carter (National Schools Commissioner), Geoff Barton (General Secretary of ASCL) and Lee Elliot Major (CEO, The Sutton Trust)
  • one end-of-programme Viva giving participants the opportunity to demonstrate their progress and learning  

Teaching Leaders exposes [middle leaders] to very high-quality training so they see beyond the day-to-day. They meet inspirational people, they learn from their peers, and they bring ideas back into school.’  Allison Crompton, Headteacher 

Teaching Leaders NPQSL

We have received confirmation from the Department for Education that we have been awarded a licence to deliver National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

We can now confirm that Teaching Leaders will include the option to gain the NPQSL*.

Applications for Teaching Leaders are now closed. If you are interested in nominating middle leaders for the programme next year, or in joining the programme yourself, please register your interest.

*The exact additional requirements are currently being determined and we will provide further information on this during our induction and summer residential events. There will be a small additional cost to cover the assessment for the award of the qualification.

Click here to read our school eligibility criteria.

Who can apply?
We’re looking for dedicated and ambitious middle leaders who have high standards for themselves, their teams and their pupils. By September 2017 candidates will need to be:

  • in a middle leadership role e.g. Head of Department, Head of Year or a whole-school lead role (e.g. Head of SEND); or 2ic of a large department/pastoral area
  • in a position to implement an in-school impact project
  • responsible for the results of a team containing at least two members of staff

Headteachers will confirm that the candidate they’ve nominated is a highly effective teacher who strives to achieve the best outcomes for their pupils.

  • What’s the impact of the programme?

    At the heart of the programme is the Area Impact Strategy, in which participants measure their impact on the attainment of disadvantaged pupils across their area of responsibility over two years.  

    There is powerful evidence of the impact of our programme: 

    • Our middle leaders consistently raise the proportion of A*-C grades in their departments. 
    • On average, more low-attaining pupils in schools with our middle leaders make the required progress than in other challenging schools and the national average. 
    • Disadvantaged pupils involved in Area Impact Strategies outperform those in other schools in challenging contexts for expected levels of progress in both English and maths. 

  • What are the benefits of the programme?

    Transform whole departments and year groups:  

    • Participants set ambitious targets and gain the confidence and tools to meet them  
    • Participants learn how to analyse data and turn underperformance around  
    • Participants embody and role model a culture of improvement and accountability  

    Retain and develop your best teachers:

    Teaching Leaders participants commit to stay at their schools for the full two years of the programme. Currently 83% remain in their schools after finishing the programme for at least one year after finishing the programme. 

    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. 

  • 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
    • Reflective
    • Focused Interview

    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.  

  • What do I need to do next?

    Headteacher or senior leader looking to the Teaching Leaders programme to improve impact and retention at your school?

    • If you would like more information then please register your interest. Our team will quickly be in touch to help you through the process, explaining the benefits of our programme, answering any questions you have and supporting you to nominate your middle leaders for this programme.
    • If you are ready to commit to putting a staff member onto the programme, please complete our nomination form.  This will pass your middle leader’s details to a member of our team who will make contact with them and support them through the application process.

     Middle leader interested in this programme for your own development?

    • Please register your interest and one of our team will be in touch to support you through the process. You will need the support of your school and headteacher so we encourage you to speak to them at the earliest opportunity so they are aware of the benefits of the programme and your desire to join. 
    • For guidance on completing your application, click here.

  • What is the value for money of the Teaching Leaders programme?

    Teaching Leaders is our flagship programme for high-potential middle leaders. It provides exceptional value for money at just £2000 per middle leader. It is heavily subsidised by the Department for Education and as a result represents exceptional value for money for the sector.

    Your £2,000 contribution guarantees you:

    Year One:

    •         35 hours face-to-face leadership development
    •         4.5 day residential event with leading education experts
    •         12 hours of online learning modules
    •         10.5 hours of one-to-one coaching with an experienced senior leader
    •         Focus on an impact strategy to improve performance across the leader’s area of responsibility

     Year Two:

    •         24 hours of face-to-face leadership development
    •         3 day national residential event with leading education professionals
    •         10 hours of online learning modules
    •         10.5 hours of one-to-one coaching with an experienced senior leader
    •         Continued focus on an impact strategy to improve performance across the leader’s area of responsibility