Could £13M and 100 “talented leaders” transform our struggling schools?

One hundred exceptional school leaders are being recruited to help turn around some of England’s most challenging schools, Schools Minister David Laws announced today (September 10th, 2014).

The Government’s Talented Leaders programme aims to recruit the nation’s best and brightest school leaders and match them with schools that are facing some of the toughest challenges – predominantly those in rural, coastal or deprived areas that are finding it difficult to attract a great leader.

The Future Leaders Trust (TFLT), which is running the Talented Leaders initiative on behalf of the Department for Education, is inviting applications from top-performing heads or outstanding aspiring heads who want to move to schools where their expertise can help raise attainment and narrow the achievement gap between poorer pupils and their peers.

Heads will be expected to work not just with the school they move to, but with a network of schools to help drive up standards across the local area.

The Talented Leaders programme forms part of the Government’s drive to deliver the best schools and skills for young people so the next generation can succeed, and is a key part of the long-term economic plan.

The first cohort of top teaching talent will be deployed across up to 13 areas of the country where educational attainment and the quality of schools is often lower than pupils deserve. From September 2015, schools in North Lincolnshire, Suffolk, Bradford and Blackpool opting to take part in this programme will have the opportunity to appoint a great leader. Additional areas will come onboard in the coming months. Further leaders will be recruited and appointed by September 2016.

TFLT are seeking applications from headteachers and aspiring heads that are keen to make a real commitment to a school, its staff and its children.

Applicants who pass the rigorous recruitment process will receive help to relocate to the areas where they are needed and the necessary professional support to turn their school around. The Talented Leader headteachers will commit to staying in the school for three years. However, if they choose they will be free to stay on at their school for longer.

As a further step towards tackling under-performance, the Government is also announcing a new £13 million School-to-School Support Fund which over the next two years will enable our existing pool of exceptional leaders – the National Leaders of Education – to help schools in challenging circumstances to improve. This will be coupled with an increase in the number of National Leaders of Education across the country to 1,400 by March 2016 so that more schools can access their expertise.

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