Ambition School Leadership have secured funding from the Department for Education, through the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF), to develop middle leaders in areas of disadvantage which will improve their leadership of teaching and transform outcomes for their pupils.

Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards says:

“I am delighted that Ambition School Leadership will be developing the expertise of senior teachers in school leadership positions, through a newly designed professional development programme. Making sure we train the next generation of heads of departments and assistant and deputy heads is important in our drive towards ever higher standards in our schools. It also helps schools to understand the importance of succession planning.”

The two-year training programme is aimed at teachers currently in middle leadership roles who have responsibility for teaching quality within both primary and secondary schools.

James Toop, CEO of Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching says:

“This programme is all about the leadership of teaching and building on leading practice and the evidence of what we know works. We are dedicated to helping middle leaders improve the quality of teaching in their area. We are also delighted that the funding will allow us to extend our reach into more rural and coastal communities, where it is needed the most. This programme is the first major collaboration following the merger between Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching.”

There will be fifteen hundred fully funded places available on the programme which will roll out over three years.

Schools can find out if they’re eligible via

Notes to Editors

Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching merged in September 2018 to become a new organisation dedicated to supporting teachers and school leaders to keep getting better.

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The Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund was first launched by Justine Greening, the then Secretary of State for Education, in October 2016, to support and increase great teaching and leadership in schools in areas of low social mobility.

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