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 third year of the Mayor of London’s Getting Ahead London scheme to help create London’s next generation of headteachers is running from September 2018 to July 2019.

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.

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, just need extra support and guidance to get there.

Getting Ahead London covers everything from coaching and mentoring and work shadowing of experienced headteachers to leadership training, help with job applications and networking. We've designed the scheme to fit with existing leadership programmes and qualifications too.

The diversity of the group has increased year on year, and over half of year three participants are from a BAME or non-White background. Similarly, female leaders have represented two-thirds of the group in each year.

One quarter of those who took part in the first two-years of Getting Ahead London have become headteachers. A further 10 per cent have been promoted 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.  

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

The evaluation of the pilot year can be read below.

Register at [email protected] for updates on the 2019/20 application process.


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.