The Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership are pleased to announce that former National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, is to join the newly merged organisation as Executive Director of System Leadership.

Sir David will be leading our suite of Executive Programmes, which support executive heads, CEOs and governors to keep getting better so that all children can thrive, no matter what their background. He will also be working with key partners in the sector to understand how we can further support and develop educators at all levels.

Improving teaching and school leadership is the best way to make sure every pupil gets a great education. Through our merger we’re sharing expertise in teaching and leadership development to increase the reach and impact of our evidence-informed programme offer. We pride ourselves on the outstanding quality of these programmes, the expertise and experience of the people who deliver them and our relationships across the sector – including with our network of 10,000 teachers and leaders.

We are pleased to welcome Sir David to the team, and we look forward to working with him to achieve our shared vision. Discussing his appointment, Sir David said:

“I am very excited about my new role as Executive Director of System Leadership with the new organisation and the opportunities that this brings for me to continue to play a role in improving educational outcomes for children in England.”

To find out more about David Carter’s appointment to the Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership, read the tes article (subscription required).


Sir David Carter joined senior colleagues from the Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership at the Global Teacher Development Forum, which we co-hosted on 22nd October 2018 in collaboration with the Varkey Foundation.

We brought some of the greatest minds in education together from across the world to discuss how we can improve teacher development across the world. Speakers included David Berliner of Arizona State University, Mayme Hostetter of Relay Graduate School of Education, and Professor Low Ee Ling of The Sigapore National Institute of Education.


To find out more about some of the programmes that Sir David will be leading, follow the links below:

Executive Educators: leading several schools (with NPQEL)

Executive Educators: building and leading a sustainable MAT

Governance Leadership