Future Leaders

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For current and aspiring senior leaders looking to lead a challenging school


Application round: opens in autumn 2014

Every child has potential, regardless of background. Could you make a lasting difference to the lives of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds by becoming an outstanding leader for a challenging school?

We’re looking for current and former teachers with the potential and commitment to progress to headship within two to five years.

Who can apply?

You should be a current or former teacher, with teaching and learning experience in English schools within the last five years. You should be able to demonstrate substantial positive impact on a school or organisation.

You must have the desire to lead a school in a challenging context within two to five years. Find out more.

What's involved?

  • Dedicated coaching and mentoring support
  • Career support through to headship and beyond
  • An initial 17 days of intensive residential leadership development
  • On-going opportunities for training and school visits
  • Professional advice, best practice and support from the growing network of over 300 Future Leaders nationwide

You will either remain in your current school if it meets our criteria, or take a placement in a challenging school. Find out more.


Two to five years


There is no cost to the programme.

Find out more


The application round is currently closed. Applications for a 2015 start on the programme will open in Autumn 2014.