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.

This page is about our secondary programme. For information about our primary programme, click here.

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. 

About the programme 

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) 
  • 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 

Click here to nominate a middle leader for the programme. The deadline is 6th March.

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.

Click here to nominate a middle leader for the programme. The deadline is 6th March.

  • 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.