The Future Leaders Charitable Trust (now The Future Leaders Trust) was founded in March 2006 by the National College for School Leadership (now The National College for Teaching and Leadership), the children’s charity ARK, and the SSAT on two key premises:
- That all children are capable of achieving excellent outcomes at school, whatever their background.
- That effective, inspirational school leadership is the key to achieving this.
These organisations shared the vision for a programme to improve the life chances of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds by raising their attainment through school leadership.
Since then, we have grown in terms of profile, size and impact:
- 2006 - The Future Leaders programme launches with a cohort of 20 in Greater London.
- 2007 - Having demonstrated early success, we gained early approval to roll-out the programme to another cohort of Future Leaders with 29 new aspiring headteachers in Greater London.
- 2008 - 52 Future Leaders are recruited and the programme expands to the North West in September 2008.
- 2009 - 57 Future Leaders are recruited for Cohort '09 and the programme expands to the West Midlands. The Future Leaders Charitable Trust is awarded a contract to recruit across a new national programme and to continue a full roll-out of the Future Leaders programme for Cohorts 2010-2012. This clearly endorsed our ability to add value in a competitive and highly contested marketplace.
- 2010 – 68 Future Leaders are recruited for Cohort ’10, as the Future Leaders programme expands into Yorkshire and the Humber, the Midlands (to include Leicester, Nottingham, and Derby) and the South Coast.
- 2011 - 66 Future Leaders are recruited for Cohort '11 across the regions.
- 2012 - 77 Future Leaders are recruited to make up Cohort '12, and the National College (since renamed the National College for Teaching and Leadership) licensed Future Leaders Charitable Trust (now The Future Leaders Trust) to develop shorter, accredited programmes for senior leaders (Leading Impact - NPQSL) and those a year away from headship (NPQH).
- 2013 – For the first time, the Future Leaders programme expands into primary schools in Greater London and the North West, a move we believe is essential to closing the achievement gap.
In the future, we will be looking to bring more like-minded school leaders into a powerful network for change to ensure all children, regardless of background, realise their full potential.