Senior leaders

The best training and support for senior leaders

Senior leaders are crucial to realising our vision that every child, regardless of background, should have the chance to go on to university or the career of their choice. We know that as a senior leader you are tasked with raising aspirations and attainment, providing a positive school environment in often challenging circumstances, and most of all, instilling a love of learning.

These things can only be achieved by investing in you as a leader which is why we have a range of tailor-made development programmes to support you.

NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders)

The NPQSL – an accredited programme run in partnership with The Future Leaders Trust - is ideal for you if you are new to Ark or senior leadership, or are a highly experienced middle leader. The year-long programme is delivered by expert current or former principals – and focuses on developing the leadership skills required to drive attainment.

Aspiring to Headship For senior leaders 1-2 years from headship 

Ark’s Aspiring to Headship programme supports excellent leaders inside and outside the Ark network who are nearly ready to transition to headship. If selected, you will be placed in an Ark school on a one-year programme tailored to your needs. During this year, you’ll be able to demonstrate impact in your areas of development, take part in personalised training to address gaps in your experience and receive career-focused mentoring.

Principal support

We recognise that there is room to grow at all stages of your career, which is why our training and support extends right through to our principals and executive principals. As a principal at an Ark school, you’ll join a team of committed and successful school leaders who bring a unique exposure to new ideas and sharing of best practice.

Our principals gain an insight into how they might further their school’s journey by visiting other schools on overseas study trips, regional tours and by joining monitoring visits of other Ark schools. We provide ongoing training and offer a three-day residential designed to support, stretch and encourage collaboration with fellow Ark principals.

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Future Leaders programme For senior leaders 2-5 years from headship

Future Leaders is a flagship leadership development programme. It’s for those who believe in our mission to eradicate educational disadvantage, and have the talent and commitment to become headteachers of challenging schools within a few years.

Through on-going expert training, coaching and support from a network of talented senior leaders, the programme gives you the skills to lead challenging schools and make a impact on the lives of children.

Headship Now! NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers) For senior leaders 12-18 months from headship

This programme run by The Future Leaders Trust draws on their expertise in developing leaders, and is for deputy leaders looking to progress to headship within 18 months. It equips you with the skills and knowledge to be an effective headteacher, offers a package of career support and includes the National College’s NPQH qualification.

Become a senior leader in one of our schools

Look at the vacancies in our 34 schools and central team, or contact a member of our recruitment team.

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