A Getting Ahead networking event at the Museum of London.

Getting Ahead London: creating London’s next headteachers

The fourth year of Getting Ahead London has now launched. 

This year 72 senior and middle leaders from across London schools are being coached and mentored by experienced senior leaders and headteachers. They are following the 180 aspiring heads who’ve been supported since 2016-17.

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.

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 middle and senior leaders would like to take the next steps in their careers, and just need extra support and guidance to get there.

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

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 our past participants:

"I was very fortunate to have a coach who had a wealth of experience and who took a great interest in me and my professional development.  She has been instrumental in my own personal and professional development". 

"I wanted to let you know that I have secured a Headship at a two 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".

"I have learnt the power of sharing with other colleagues from different schools, regardless of the phase, whether secondary or primary.  I have learnt more about the effectiveness of coaching and how that can challenge your thoughts, ideas and actions".

'Building the Leadership Pool in London Schools’ 2015 report provided evidence of the growing shortage of headteachers and a wide recognition that more needed to be done to secure the leadership pool for outstanding, future school leaders. The report concluded that the leadership pool in London schools must be pro-actively nurtured to ensure that support and development opportunities are systematically available across the school system to talented teachers, middle and senior leaders.

The report and the evaluation of the pilot year of Getting Ahead London 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.

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