Our Impact

“Evidence shows that strong leadership by outstanding headteachers helps to drive up standards in schools. We want to ensure that accidents of birth and the unfairness of life’s lottery are overcome so that every child reaches their full potential. That is why we want to work with excellent organisations like The Future Leaders Trust who help place inspirational professionals in some of the most challenging schools in the country.”


Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education

There is a growing network of over 330 Future Leaders working in more than 240 challenging secondary schools. 86 Future Leaders have been appointed to headship. Together they are impacting the life chances of at least 200,000 children throughout England.

Future Leaders are working in some of the most challenging schools in the country. Vitally, they are improving disadvantaged student's achievement and progress faster than in similar challenging schools without a Future Leader.

Download our 2014 Impact Report here.

Secondary impact

Our headteachers

  • Across our headteachers’ schools the improvement rate for disadvantaged students attaining 5+ A*-C GCSEs (including English and maths) between 2012 and 2013 was 4.2 percentage points, exceeding improvements in similar schools of 2.6 percentage points

  • Our headteachers increased attainment in 5+ A*-C GCSEs (including English and maths) by 4.1 percentage points between 2012 and 2013 compared with 2.1 percentage points in similar schools

  • Our six heads that have been in post for three or more consecutive years have seen an average annual improvement in 5+ A*-C GCSEs (including English and maths) of 5.2 percentage points since 2010, compared with an average annual improvement of 2.4 percentage points in similar schools

  • Among our highest performers in 2013 is David Hayes, Principal at Oasis Academy Oldham, who saw his academy’s results improve by an impressive 17 percentage points to 50% achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs (including English and maths)

Sustained impact

  • Glen Denham has overseen sustained improvement over four years at Oasis Academy Shirley Park. The Academy has seen a transformation with results improving by an impressive 38 percentage points since 2009


Our senior leaders

  • Our senior leader schools have higher proportions of disadvantaged students making expected progress in English and maths than similar schools.
    • 64.1% of disadvantged students are making expected progress in English compared with 56.5% in similar schools
    • 60.5% of disadvantged students are making expected progress in maths compared with 54.1% in similar schools

See our interactive map of the schools where Future Leaders are working


Primary impact


We expanded our offering to primary participants in 2013. 23 have already reached headship and are now leading challenging primary schools.

2014 Provisional results

  • The proportion of students in Future Leader heads’ schools achieving Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths has improved by an average of 7.4 percentage points between 2013 and 2014.


We await the national data release in November to evaluate our headteachers’ impact – most importantly our impact on disadvantaged students – more comprehensively and against similar schools.

In addition to this, we saw strong results in 2013, including:

  • At Oasis Academy Shirley Park, led by Future Leader Glen Denham, 100% of students made expected progress in reading, writing and maths
  • Glen also saw an 11 percentage point increase in the proportion of students achieving Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths, and a six percentage point increase in the proportion of disadvantaged students achieving the same measure

We look forward to expanding this impact further through our growing number of headteachers.

Find out more about the impact of Future Leaders:

Learning Plus UK evaluation

Impact publications

Press releases

Headteacher impact

Senior Leader impact

Please contact us if you need more information.

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