Be recognised for EXCELLENCE IN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP with Chartered Teacher (Leadership) Status

The Chartered College of Teaching is dedicated to bridging the gap between practice and research and equipping all school leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the best decisions for their pupils and schools.

Our ‘Excellence in school leadership’ programme will give you the opportunity to explore key areas of leadership and practice within your own school context, using evaluation and evidence to drive sustained school improvement that is underpinned by a culture of excellent teaching.

During the 12 month programme, you will reflect upon and challenge your thinking, connect with other experienced school leaders, and draw upon advice from leading experts to deepen your understanding, knowledge and thinking in key areas that will make the greatest difference to your school and ultimately, to outcomes for your pupils.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded Chartered Teacher (Leadership) status and, as one of our celebrated Chartered Teachers, you will be entitled to use the post-nominals CTeach (Leadership).

Find out more by downloading the programme brochure now.


–  Fully online version available

– Programme length: 12 months (starting January 2021)

– Training: Three events, access to online courses and a range of reading lists and expert webinars.

– Suitable for: Practising school leaders with at least 3 years of whole-school or cross-school leadership responsibility (in a setting with pupils up to 19 years of age)

– Certification received: Chartered Teacher (Leadership) status

– Cost: £1,145 special offer for pilot programme (early bird price £1,095)

– Deadlines: Early bird closes 30th October 2020. Apply by 13th December 2020.


Each phase begins with a development day with input from high-quality speakers and ongoing opportunities for collaboration, structured reflection and expert input as you focus on areas that are most relevant to school improvement within your specific role and context.

Preparatory phase: self-evaluation and reflection

  • Reflect on your vision, values, experiences and learning as a school leader
  • Critically reflect on your own views and biases; seeking to challenge and broaden your’ perspectives around key areas of practice, both within your context and more widely
  • Self-evaluate your knowledge and understanding of evidence-based leadership and pedagogy to inform your ongoing professional development.

Phase one: developing teachers and a culture of great teaching

  • Deepen your understanding of effective CPD practices, undertaking an inter-school visitation to explore new perspectives and practice
  • Engage in a peer review, evaluating CPD practices in your context, as relevant to your role.

Phase two: leading an evidence-informed school

  • Explore evidence-based implementation and evaluation to support school improvement
  • Undertake an evaluative inquiry into a chosen area of practice within your context, including a critical review of the evidence-base, implementation and impact evaluation, and identification of recommendations to support school improvement – with a series of expert-led webinars and the opportunity for personalised input and feedback from an expert in your chosen theme.


The programme provides a range of benefits for you, your school or school group, the teachers you work with and ultimately, your pupils. You will benefit from:

– deepening your understanding of, and applying evidence-informed approaches to school leadership, evaluation and implementation to drive improvement in your context

– time to focus on specific elements of school leadership that will make the greatest difference to your pupils and teachers

– the opportunity to collaborate with senior leaders and engage in discussions which focus on current and relevant issues to you

– access to high quality speakers and expert input to challenge and extend your thinking in key areas

– refreshing your knowledge of evidence-based practice in pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, behaviour and how this can be embedded in school practice

– recognition as one of the first leaders in the country to achieve Chartered Teacher Status through this new leadership route.


Application to the programme requires submission of an application form and a 1000-word written response to a question linked to an area of wider educational debate. In addition we will ask for a statement of support from your school.

The Chartered College of Teaching particularly welcomes applications from BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee), LGBT and disabled communities. If there is anything we can do to support your application please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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