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Talented Leaders

Matching headteachers with the schools that need them most
For headteachers or senior leaders ready for headship

The Talented Leaders programme is now closed to applicants; for more information, email headship@future-leaders.org.uk.

We have recruited a pool of exceptional headteachers who are ready to serve schools in disadvantaged areas across England. Click here if you are a school looking for a headteacher, and find out how one of our Talented Leaders participants could help transform your school.

Many schools, especially those in disadvantaged areas, are struggling to recruit great leaders. We match talented school leaders with these schools, and give them the funds, coaching and support needed to drive sustainable change.

Our Talented Leaders participants receive:

  • Mentoring and ongoing support from an experienced headteacher
  • Support, tailored training and expert coaching from The Future Leaders Trust's Headship Institute
  • £50,000 Leadership Sustainability Fund to help your school improve and build a strong leadership pipeline
  • Up to £15,000 worth of support with relocation

Benefits for schools include:

  • Recruit a head with a strong track record in transformational leadership, without any recruitment costs or need for further time-consuming selection processes
  • Head’s relocation expenses covered by the programme; schools only pay the salary
  • Drive real sustainable change for all students – heads commit to their school for a minimum of three years
  • Heads receive a dedicated mentor and work with other local schools in a cluster model
  • Receive a £50,000 Leadership Sustainability Fund to build further leadership capacity in your school

Click here if you are a school looking for an exceptional headteacher.

The Talented Leaders programme is now closed to applicants; for more information, email headship@future-leaders.org.uk.

The Talented Leaders programme is now closed to applicants; for more information email headship@future-leaders.org.uk.

Click here if you are a school looking for an exceptional headteacher.

  • What does the programme involve?

    • Rigorous selection process run collaboratively with Hay Group and ASCL
    • Heads matched to suitable schools
    • Mutual commitment from head and school to retain position for three years

    The Talented Leaders programme is now closed to applicants; for more information, email headship@future-leaders.org.uk.

    Click here for more information on the Talented Leaders programme.

  • Where are Talented Leaders schools located?

    The Talented Leaders programme is now closed to applicants; for more information, email headship@future-leaders.org.uk.

    Schools in areas outside London, including but not limited to those below, can sign up to the Talented Leaders programme.

    North East: Sunderland; South Tyneside; Northumberland; Durham; Tees Valley (Hartlepool; Redcar & Cleveland; Stockton-on-Tees; Middlesbrough and Darlington)
    North West: Cumbria; Blackpool; Lancashire; Blackburn with Darwen; Halton; Knowsley; Liverpool; Sefton; St Helen’s; Warrington; Wirral
    East of England: Norfolk; Suffolk; Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough); Lincolnshire; North East Lincolnshire; Bedfordshire (including Luton; Bedford; Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes)
    East of England: Norfolk; Suffolk; Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough); Lincolnshire; North East Lincolnshire; Bedfordshire (including Luton; Bedford; Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes)
    East Midlands: Derbyshire; Nottingham; Nottinghamshire; Leicester; Leicestershire; Northamptonshire
    West Midlands: Telford & Wrekin; Staffordshire; Stoke-on-Trent; Shropshire; Birmingham; Walsall, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Coventry
    South East: Bracknell Forest; East Sussex; West Sussex; Southend-on-Sea; Thanet; Medway; Portsmouth; Hertfordshire; Isle of Wight
    South West: Gloucestershire; Cornwall; Plymouth; Torbay; Somerset; Swindon; Wiltshire; Bristol; Bath and North East Somerset; North Somerset; South Gloucestershire
    Yorkshire and the Humber: Lincolnshire; North East Lincolnshire; North Lincolnshire; North Yorkshire; Calderdale; Bradford; Leeds; Kirklees; Wakefield; East Riding of Yorkshire; Kingston upon Hull; Barnsley; Doncaster; Sheffield; Rotherham

  • How can I find out more about the Talented Leaders programme?

    The Talented Leaders programme is now closed to applicants; for more information, email headship@future-leaders.org.uk.

    More information for schools looking for a headteacher >

    More information for Mentor Heads >

  • What does the application process involve?

    The Talented Leaders programme is now closed to applicants; for more information, email headship@future-leaders.org.uk.

    Click here to read about the Talented Leaders programme application process >

Case study

"Giving students a great education will make the rest of their life easier – it’s as simple as that."

Jonathan Logan joined the Talented Leaders programme in 2015, taking up headship at Workington Academy in Cumbria.

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