The Institute for Teaching has today announced its intention to merge with Ambition School Leadership. The new organisation will have a single focus – to support teachers and school leaders to keep getting better so that all their pupils, regardless of background, get a great education.

Great teaching and great school leadership have a disproportionately positive impact on pupils from low-income communities and have the biggest impact on school improvement.

The Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership both deliver programmes dedicated to improving the quality of teachers, school leaders and system leaders. They particularly work with schools in challenging contexts that serve significant numbers of disadvantaged pupils.

Matt Hood, Founder and Director of the Institute for Teaching, said:

“Teachers and school leaders deserve as much effort to go into their development as they put into supporting their pupils. That’s why we believe that investing in the professionals who work in our schools not only helps them get better but means they are happier and stay in the profession for longer. Working with Ambition School Leadership gives us an opportunity to have an even greater impact.”

James Toop, CEO of Ambition School Leadership, said:

“The most important part of school leadership is creating the conditions for effective teaching to take place. The Institute for Teaching provides some of the highest-quality teaching programmes in the sector that help leaders to deliver their vision for pupils. I’m really proud that our combined programme offer will provide clear and coherent development pathways at every level.”

Work is currently underway to bring the two organisations’ programmes and participants together, leading to greater reach and impact in schools in challenging contexts across the country. A press release on the merger is available here.


To find out more about Ambition School Leadership, visit their website