Developing our Leaders

We offer a suite of leadership programmes to support our teachers’ career development ambitions.

This includes National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) and National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) qualifications, delivered by our expert facilitators in partnership with Ambition Institute, and our Aspiring to Headship Programme.

Aspiring to Headship Programme

Our in-house high potential training package offers an exciting leadership development experience for senior leaders who are keen to progress into headship.

There is a high success rate from the course, with delegates progressing swiftly into headship, often within our multi-academy trust.

Read career blogs from some of our graduates.

Exemplary Leadership Programme

This is a ground-breaking and innovative new leadership programme involving a consortium of high performing UK schools and the Leverage Leadership Institute in the United States.

Following the principles of Leverage Leadership, the Exemplary Leadership Programme will guide leaders in how to establish a strong school culture (routines and behaviour management), effective teaching, founded on direct instruction, and aspirational outcomes for pupils through a knowledge-rich curriculum. Training will follow a series of ‘see it, name it, do it’ cycles so that participants both explore the theory and are supported in its implementation in the context of their own school improvement priorities.

The programme is deliberately designed to take advantage of the opportunities offered by online learning platforms. It removes the barriers imposed by geography and enables you to see a school in session through the eyes of an exemplary leader.

The programme is fully funded by the Department for Education for the first cohort and delivered by a consortium of partners:

  • Star Institute, the training and development arm of Star Academies
  • Leverage Leadership Institute, part of Relay Graduate School in the United States, an Uncommon Schools partner
  • Dixons Academies Trust
  • Inspiration Trust
  • Outwood Grange Academies Trust


Find out more about the course structure

Applications are now closed