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Teaching Leaders is a charity which addresses educational disadvantage by growing a movement of outstanding middle leaders from schools in challenging contexts. We launched in 2008 with a cohort of 30 middle leaders from central London. Four years on, we now have almost 500 fellows and alumni from 243 secondary schools across England.

We do this by offering two types of programme to our schools:

  • TL Fellows Programme, which selects and develops a national network of high potential middle leaders.  Fellows receive the intensive coaching and training they need to make them confident leaders of their teams and transform student results in their areas of responsibility.
  • TL Teams programmes, which develop groups of middle leaders in a school/cluster of schools.  Participants build their core professional skills and collaborate as a team, ensuring consistent leadership across the school. We run two TL Teams programmes:  TL Teams (Bespoke) and TL Teams (NPQML: National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders) which is National College accredited.

GCSE results in our Fellows’ departments rise by an average of 15% over their two years on the Fellows Programme, with 74% of those pupils who are part of an improvement initiative achieving A*-C.


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