Getting Ahead event at Museum of London
A Getting Ahead networking event at the Museum of London.

Getting Ahead London: creating London’s next headteachers

The Mayor of London’s Getting Ahead London scheme is in its second year, helping to create London’s next generation of headteachers. Year two runs from September 2017 to July 2018.

More about the scheme

Here at City Hall, we know that many London schools are struggling to recruit strong leaders. We also know that many great senior leaders would like to step-up to full headship, but need extra support and guidance to get there.

Getting Ahead London helps talented senior leaders (current associate, acting, deputy or assistant heads) to become future headteachers or principals of some of the most rewarding and challenging primary, secondary, special or all-through schools in London. 

One in six of the (sixty) participants in year one of the scheme have already progressed into headship with others securing promotions into other leadership roles.

Some thoughts from Getting Ahead first year participants:

The programme has been invaluable for me and my school. It has demystified headship and made me realise that I will be ready soon to take that step.  

I wanted to let you know that I have secured a Headship at a 2 form-entry Primary… the coaching I received through Getting Ahead London was certainly the catalyst that made me start applying and made me realise I should have the confidence to do it.  

The scheme involves everything from coaching and formal training, to support with job applications and networking events with the business sector. It has been designed to complement existing leadership development programmes and qualifications.

To find out more about this free scheme, including rules on eligibility, download the Getting Ahead London e-guide.

The evaluation of the pilot year in 2016/17 has now been published and can be read below.

48 leaders were successful in their applications in early summer 2017. They are now on year 2 of Getting Ahead London running from September 2017 – July 2018. The programme is not currently taking new applications. If you are interested in hearing about any future application windows, please email [email protected]

How the scheme works


Getting Ahead London animated guide

*Infographic figures based on research cited from 2015.

Could this be you?

Current participant senior leaders talk about the scheme at an event held in February 2017 at the Museum of London.

Support for the scheme

Getting Ahead London is grant funded by the Mayor of London and delivered by Challenge Partners.

The scheme was first developed on behalf of the London Education Officers’ Group of pan-London agencies and groups in 2016.