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.