Getting Ahead London

 

"The Launch event was the most inspiring CPD I have taken part in, certainly since becoming a teacher.  I think my school was quite taken aback by how enthused and excited I was by the future following the event." 

Craig Lilleyman, Rosetta Primary School 


What is Getting Ahead London?

Getting Ahead London is a Challenge Partners programme funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA) that is now in its fourth year. The aim is to provide aspiring London teachers with the skills, experience, networks and knowledge to take the next step in their career or progress to senior leadership and headship

Please contact us if you are interested in running a version of this programme in your area.

The support offered as part of the programme includes:

  • Coaching from highly experienced London heads to help participants fulfil their leadership potential

  • Help to navigate existing leadership opportunities

  • Face to face leadership development and networking events with world-class businesses

  • Online tools and resources to support your development.

  • Support with applying for jobs and preparing for interviews.

 

Who is it for?

There are two GAL programmes, one for aspiring Senior Leaders and one for aspiring Headteachers.

If you would like to take part in the aspiring Senior Leader programme, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a current Middle Leader in a school in London. Examples of eligible roles are Year Group leader, Subject Leader, Inclusion Lead etc.
  • You must have at least 2 years in this role.

If you would like to take part in the aspiring Headteacher programme you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a current Senior Leader in a school in London. Examples of eligible roles are Assistant Head, Deputy Head, Head of School, Acting Head.
  • You must have at least 2 years experience in this role.

 

What is the commitment?

For both programmes, you and your school will need to commit to:

  • You attending 10 days/half days of events and coaching sessions throughout the academic year. (Travel across and within London will be expected for these coaching sessions and events)
  • Paying a supplement of £500 towards the GLA funded programme

 

How do I participate in the programme?

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS - MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER

 
  GAL for aspiring Senior Leaders - (please click here for the programme information leaflet) 
  1. Please click here and submit your application before midnight on Sunday 20th September.
  2. Once you have submitted your application please inform your three references that they will need to complete an online reference form (www.tfaforms.com/4813772Please regularly remind your references to complete this form
  3. Your application will be considered complete only once both your application form and your three references have been received. We will then arrange a telephone interview with you. This will last approximately 15-20 minutes. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
 
  1. Please click here and submit your application before midnight on Sunday 20th September.
  2. Once you have submitted your application please inform your three references that they will need to complete an online reference form (www.tfaforms.com/4813774).  Please regularly remind your references to complete this form
  3. Your application will be considered complete only once both your application form and your three references have been received. We will then arrange a telephone interview with you. This will last approximately 15-20 minutes. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
 
 

How do I become a coach on the programme?

 
Join the Getting Ahead London programme as a coach
 
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS MIDNIGHT FRIDAY 4th SEPTEMBER 
 
If you are interested in joining the Getting Ahead London programme as a coach either for the aspiring Senior Leader programme or the aspiring Headteacher programme we would love to hear from you. Coaches who work with us on the Getting Ahead London programme will commit to
  • Working with three participants in a coaching group, holding six group coaching sessions and three individual shadowing days 
  • Attending a launch event, mid-year event and end of year celebration with their participants
  • Attending a development day and two reflection and planning sessions for coaches
In exchange for supporting the Getting Ahead London programme as a coach we offer:
  • Coaching training from Olevi - you will need to attend both training dates in Autumn term
  • The equivalent of 2 full days CPD with input from within and beyond the education sector (one full day and two half days)
  • A stipend of £1,500 for your school
 
GAL coaches for aspiring Senior Leaders - eligibility criteria 
  1. Currently working in a school rated good or outstanding by Ofsted
  2. Currently working in a London school as a senior leader:
  3. Have held a senior leadership position for a minimum of three years
  4. Able to demonstrate experience of supporting others to develop in their leadership journey
  5. Able to demonstrate you have your headteacher support through filling out the coach headteacher supporting document, available here. (https://www.tfaforms.com/4813741)
If you meet these criteria and would like to apply please click here (https://www.tfaforms.com/4813466) and submit your application before midnight on Friday 4th September
 
GAL coaches for aspiring Headteachers - eligibility criteria 
  1. Currently working in a school rated good or outstanding by Ofsted
  2. Currently working in a London school as a headteacher
  3. Have held a headship position for a minimum of three years
  4. Able to demonstrate experience of supporting others to develop in their leadership journey

 

If you meet these criteria and would like to apply please click here ( https://www.tfaforms.com/4813468 ) and submit your application before midnight on Friday 4th September.
 
Alternatively if you have any questions or would like to discuss the coaching role further please contact us on gal@challengepartners.org
 
To find out more about both programmes, visit the Greater London Authority's Getting Ahead London site. If you have any questions about the programme or the application process, please get in touch with Challenge Partners.
 
 

How do you measure impact?

During the pilot year, 2016-17, we commissioned an external evaluation of the programme. The full report is available here

 

Resources for Getting Ahead London participants

We have a reference bank of resources available to Getting Ahead London participants and alumni. Just register and log into the Challenge Partners' website and click here

 

Promoting the programme

If you think you have colleagues who would be interested in the programme please feel free to send them the above information leaflets and encourage them to apply.

 

 

 

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