A Getting Ahead networking event at the Museum of London.

Getting Ahead London: creating London’s next headteachers

If you’d like to step up to headship, but aren’t sure how to get there, then consider applying to the Mayor's Getting Ahead London programme. 

We are now taking applications for year 4 of the scheme, running from September 2019 to July 2020. 

Getting Ahead London helps create London’s next generation of headteachers and supports 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. We will also be piloting a small cohort for middle leaders being supported into senior school leadership.

To find out more about the senior leaders scheme, including rules on eligibility, download the Getting Ahead London SL e-guide. To find out more about the middle leaders pilot scheme, download the Getting Ahead London ML e-guide.

The application form for senior leaders can be found here

The application form for middle leaders can be found here

The deadline for applications has been extended until 9.00am on Friday 28th June 2019.

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 were from a BAME or non-White background. Similarly, female leaders have represented around two-thirds of the group in each year. We wish to strengthen further this diversity in our Year 4 participant group.

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 our past 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 evaluation of the pilot year can be read below.



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.