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Welcome to Ambition School Leadership

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James Toop CEO

Congratulations on joining the 2018 cohort of Teaching Leaders, our flagship programme for middle leaders. Your successful application is a testament to your achievements to date and the potential you have shown as a leader. You are now part of Ambition School Leadership’s national network of over 10,000 leaders at all levels, across more than 2,300 schools in challenging contexts. You all share a commitment to ensuring every child succeeds, no matter what their background and to developing your skills as leaders to make this vision a reality. We know that as a middle leader, you are a key driver of school improvement. Middle leaders are the engine room of the school, turning senior leadership’s strategy into outstanding classroom practice on a daily basis. That’s why we will work with you over the next year to develop your leadership skills and increase your impact on your pupils’ attainment and progress. Teaching Leaders promises to take you on a rewarding journey of personal and professional transformation. Throughout the next 12 months you will have access to innovative ways of learning, a wide range of support to help you achieve

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your potential and the opportunity to build a network of like-minded and collaborative peers – something that will continue beyond the programme. We ask you for your firm commitment to both the programme and our charitable mission. To get the most from Teaching Leaders you should be proactive, willing to try new ideas and implement new concepts, and open to challenge and constant reflection. We have every confidence that you will rise to the challenge and apply your learning not just within your area of responsibility, but across your school and the wider educational landscape. Thank you for joining us and welcome to Ambition School Leadership.

James Toop

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Teaching Leaders has been such a developmental process for me and I have genuinely used so many of the strategies I have learned on the programme to move forward with my team. Ruthie

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Our Ambition We are working for a fair society built on an education system where every child can thrive, no matter what their background.

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Programme completion requirements As a high-potential middle leader, we know that you have the capacity to affect change within the education system. By joining Teaching Leaders, you are committing to develop yourself to a high standard in order to make this possible. We want to ensure that you are challenged throughout your programme so we expect that you will:

• Whole-heartedly engage with the programme

• Undertake all pre-reading where

required, complete all session tasks, and support your Peer Learning Group by challenging and reinforcing each other’s work on a regular basis

• Work towards impact and change

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within your school through developing your Area Impact Strategy and seeking support from Ambition School Leadership and the network

• Complete an evaluation after every

session attended, alongside regular coaching evaluations

• Support the Ambition School

We are building a network of exceptional school leaders at all levels to transform the lives of the children who need it most.

Leadership mission and give back to the programme by engaging with our network and taking part in extra activities, such as speaking at an event, writing a case study, helping to design content or participating in focus groups

• Inform us of any concerns or issues at

school that could affect your progress

Our criteria for graduation are:

• Attendance at the Residential and at

least 90% of all other delivery, including seminars and Challenge Days

• Completion of all six virtual coaching sessions

• Completion of all tools on My Ambition, within the specified deadlines

• Submission of departmental and school data to Ambition School Leadership when required

• Participation in a 30-minute Area

Impact Strategy review meeting, which will enable you to reflect on your planning and focus on how you will achieve your goals

By meeting these expectations, you will successfully complete our programme, something which is a significant achievement. To ensure that you are able to meet and exceed these expectations, we have policies in place to support you. Your Delivery Associate will be your main point of contact if you should experience any issues or challenges with meeting these criteria. Participants will also have the opportunity to complete the programme with a commendation. Further information will be provided by your Delivery Associate.

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Your headteacher Your headteacher will act as your main point of contact and support within your school. In some cases, they may have chosen a deputy or assistant headteacher to carry out this role. They have made a commitment to:

• Support you with writing your Area Impact

Strategy to ensure it is in keeping with school wide objectives, providing feedback comments via My Ambition

“Those on the programme are more focused and realise that the impact of their leadership will be seen in improvements to teaching and learning in their own classes, the subjects that they are leading, and across the school.” Cathy,

• Provide support for any in-school concerns

you have and raise awareness of your work on the programme within your school

• Be a link and point of contact between

the school and Ambition School Leadership

Where your headteacher is also your line manager, they will be asked to provide feedback on your leadership skills twice a year, using the Leadership Competency Framework. Where your headteacher is not your line manager, we ask for their support in ensuring that your line manager completes this exercise. If you have any problems during your time on Teaching Leaders, your Delivery Associate will be your point of contact and support. We have a series of policies in place relating to issues such as maternity leave and sickness, so please get in touch if you have any questions.

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Your coach mentor Coach mentoring is an integral part of your time with Ambition School Leadership. You will have access to a highly-skilled coach who will support you in putting your learning from the programme into practice. Throughout Teaching Leaders, you will have access to a coach mentor who will be an integral part of your personal development. Our coaches are highly experienced and all adhere to the guidelines set out by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. They will draw on their expert knowledge as previous senior leaders to help you make sustainable changes to your leadership and, in turn, your colleagues and pupils. You will have six virtual coaching sessions with your coach during the year which will take place either via a phone call or video conference. This is a private and flexible way of discussing issues that you encounter throughout your programme and identifying areas that you would like to develop.

“The coaching was the most beneficial aspect of the programme. The level of challenge my coach mentor offered was really helpful, especially when it came to seeing my ‘blind spots’ and reflecting on 360° feedback.” Scott

Your coach mentor will support you to:

• Reflect objectively on your leadership • Build your resilience as you meet challenges • Develop the confidence to fully step up to

outstanding leadership behaviour and practice

Coaching isn’t simply resolving issues and improving performance, it is also about discovery, awareness and choice. Coaching empowers you to find your own answers to problems and, by dedicating time and attention to the process, will help you develop your leadership practice.

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Teaching Leaders really built my confidence as a leader, with my coach and sessions on managing up and creating a shared departmental vision helping me to articulate my ideas to my headteacher. Amrit

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Teaching Leaders is built on a blended learning model, an approach which combines face-to-face, peer-to-peer and online learning to help you achieve your learning outcomes.

Residential Your journey with Ambition School Leadership truly begins at the Residential. Packed with immersive experiential activities, the Residential will empower you to explore your potential and inspire you to become a great leader. You will gain valuable insight from nationally renowned figures who are leaders in their fields, and take part in exciting workshops which will prepare you for the rest of your programme. The Residential also provides a unique opportunity to meet other participants from across the country and to share your stories and experiences among your peers. This is a great chance to start developing an extensive network of fellow middle leaders, who can both offer you support and benefit from your expertise throughout the duration of your Teaching Leaders programme. While the learning from your programme will provide you with the skills needed to be a great leader, your network also has a vital role to play in supporting and guiding you through the rest of your career. The annual Residential event is the highlight of the Teaching Leaders calendar. Taking place at the end of the summer holidays, it will give you an inspiring and exciting start to the programme you’re about to undertake.

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Peer Learning Groups “The Residential training event was an unforgettable experience. So much of what I took on board at Residential I have been able to share with others in school.” Jack

Your Peer Learning Group consists of two or three other leaders from your cohort with whom you will share learning and collaborate throughout the programme. This group will offer support and challenge in relation to your Area Impact Strategy during Challenge Days and seminars, as well as virtually through our online platform.

The purpose of putting participants into Peer Learning Groups is:

• To offer both support and challenge

in relation to your Area Impact Strategy and your progress with those plans, through face-to-face sessions at a range of Challenge Days and seminars

• To allow critical reflection on training and models experienced throughout the programme

The Leadership Competency Framework The Leadership Competency Framework collates feedback from you, your team members, your line manager and your peers to build a picture of your leadership development surrounding the skills, knowledge and attributes we believe great school leaders need. You can use the tool to identify strengths and development areas, helping you plan concrete next steps towards moving forward in your own development as a leader. The tool will form a useful framework for discussions in coaching sessions and with your line manager, as well as being a key tool for tracking your development over the course of the programme.

You will be asked to complete a Leadership Competency Framework self-review and collect 360 degree feedback from colleagues within your school on two occasions whilst on the programme. See a model of our Leadership Competency Framework on the next page.

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Future-Engage-Deliver The Future-Engage-Deliver approach to leadership is an established and successful strategic model, developed by Steve Radcliffe. The model is used within our programme and underpins our Leadership Competency Framework.

This approach is built around three key stages of the leadership journey:

Personal Characteristics

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2. Resilience and courage

Develop a clear vision you really believe in and create a strategy to lead your team with confidence

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Future Strategy 1. Creating a shared vision 2. Managing change 3. Resourcing strategically 4. Using research and evidence

Moral purpose

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Organisation 1. Curriculum/provision 2. Time management 3. Use of data 4. Intervention

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Engage: Inspire, lead and manage people, ensuring they share your vision and maintain strong two-way communication and high expectations

Deliver: Implement the strategy required to achieve your vision, monitor and evaluate progress, and build strong teamwork

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2. Thinks conceptually 3. Adaptability 4. Eager to learn and develop

Delivery 1. Teaching and learning 2. Basic skills 3. Behaviour and safety 4. Inclusion/ narrowing the gap

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Team 1. Leading the team 2. Delegation 3. Monitoring 4. Holding to account

Communications 1. Influencing 2. Inspiring 3. Managing 4. Collaborating

People 1. Relating to others 2. Managing conflict 3. Developing others 4. Working with parents

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Further information on Future-Engage-Deliver will be provided by Steve Radcliffe at your Residential. However, for further reading on this topic, see ‘Future Engage Deliver: The Essential Guide to Your Leadership’.

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Challenge Days Online learning Building on the intense learning experience of the Residential, Challenge Days take place over four Saturdays during the year, bringing participants together on a regional basis, to take part in inspirational learning events. Each Challenge Day will be different but, over the duration of the programme, will include nationally renowned keynote speakers, locally-driven workshops, experiential learning, the sharing of knowledge through participant exchange, and peer-supported planning.

Seminars Seminars will be held four times in term one, three times in term two and twice in term three to avoid SATs. They will be led by our highly skilled and experienced facilitators including former school senior leaders, Ambition team members, programme alumni and outstanding trainers from the corporate sector. Seminars are designed for middle leaders across a range of experience so will require pre-reading.

We want to empower you to drive your own learning experience and make choices based on your development needs. That’s why we’ve incorporated online learning as part of the Teaching Leaders programme. There are two mandatory modules to complete, which we believe are essential foundations for your development. You will also have the freedom to select from a range of optional sessions, choosing those you judge to be most beneficial to your development as a leader. You are expected to complete and actively engage with all elements of online sessions as you would if it were a face-to-face session. These sessions have direct impact on your programme achievement and your record of attendance so it is important that they are completed.

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Curriculum Orientation (online) Online: Developing your AIS module 1 Residential Seminar: Project management Online: Developing your AIS module 2 Seminar: Facilitation skills part 1 Seminar: Developing a high performing team Challenge Day: Leading through coaching and Peer Learning Group session 2 Seminar: Facilitation skills part 2 Seminar: Managing up and influencing others Challenge Day: Educating and supporting the whole child and Peer Learning Group session 2 Seminar: Coaching skills part 2 Seminar: Thinking strategically about the pounds: resource and risk management Challenge Day: Visible leadership and Peer Learning Group session 3 Seminar: Coaching skills part 3 Seminar: Participant exchange Challenge Day: Reflecting back, looking forward

NPQSL We are licensed to deliver National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) which means that we can offer the NPQ for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) alongside Teaching Leaders Mastery. The majority of the NPQSL curriculum is met through the TL programme but there will be some extra reading to be done, supplied by Ambition and the Institute of

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Education (IoE) and one further online session. You will also need to submit a further assessment write up at the end of the Programme. There will be a small additional cost to cover the assessment for the award of the qualification. Further detail is provided at Induction and Residential events.

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What is the Area Impact Strategy? Your Area Impact Strategy is a project which will set out how you plan to increase pupil achievement across your area of responsibility throughout your time on the programme. This is the cornerstone of the Mastery programme and is the means by which you put the skills and learning from your Teaching Leaders journey into practice.

How will I plan my Area Impact Strategy? In order to ensure your Area Impact Strategy is evidence based, monitored and evaluated, we will provide you with an online planning tool which you will complete with the support of Ambition School Leadership and your peers. Following this, you will monitor and review your plan, to ensure optimum impact for your pupils.

This tool supports the planning process and focuses attention on the following specific areas:

• Effectiveness of leadership and management

• Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

• Personal development, behaviour

You will need to plan for impact by setting one challenging goal to improve outcomes under each of these Ofsted areas. Within each goal area you will write up objectives you wish to achieve, define what the success criteria of these objectives are, and list the actions you will take over the course of Teaching Leaders Mastery in order to succeed in these areas. To help ensure that you target your impact work using a strategic focus on evidence, we have partnered with the Education Endowment Foundation and developed an approach which requires you to engage with wider research and review one of your objectives using an EEF evaluation framework, converting one objective into a research question.

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• Outcomes for pupils

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Area Impact Strategy review During your first term on Teaching Leaders Mastery, you will schedule a remote session with one of our Area Impact Strategy reviewers. This is designed to be a supportive check point within your programme journey and your reviewer will ask questions to ensure that

your plan is rigorous, well targeted and pupil impact focused. You should schedule your review to take place before 3 December 2018 and should upload your Area Impact Strategy plan to My Ambition to share with your reviewer by 25 October 2018.

Area Impact Strategy progress Orientation: An introduction to the Area Impact Strategy and how you will work on it throughout the programme to drive impact within schools. Term 1: Design and write your Area Impact Strategy: establish the plan for improvement across your area of responsibility which will be delivered over the course of the programme. Utilise wider research to inform decisions using processes and frameworks from the Education Endowment Foundation. Term 1: Area Impact Strategy Review meeting: discuss your plans for the year ahead with an external reviewer to ensure that your plan is robust and well thought-out. Terms 1-3: Continue to develop your Area Impact Strategy by collating and reacting to feedback given within Peer Learning Groups and from your own school leadership teams. Utilise the live planning template to make changes and mark progress within your work. Term 3: Take stock of the year and the progress you have made with your Area Impact Strategy. Write up the impact and results section of the EEF style framework and consider next steps beyond the programme.

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The network In joining Ambition School Leadership, you will also become a member of our dynamic and expanding network, comprising of thousands of exceptional leaders. As part of this growing network you will strengthen our collective impact in addressing educational disadvantage across the country. Within the network, you will be offered various provisions, connecting you to new opportunities and other leaders. You will also have the opportunity to support our mission by:

• Identifying high-potential middle

leaders of the future, championing middle leadership and acting as advocates for Ambition School Leadership

• Becoming a leading practitioner in the

school leadership arena, contributing content to national publications and our diverse programmes

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• Constantly evolving as an

exceptional middle or senior leader by attending, and sometimes leading, a wide range of network events designed to increase your impact and support your development

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My Ambition You will have access to our online portal, My Ambition, which will support you to connect with the wider network and help you discover developmental resources and events. Through this portal, you can also manage your Area Impact Strategy utilise the Leadership Competency Framework 360 diagnostic tool, view all of your curriculum event details, as well as accessing materials and reading for your sessions. In order to support your wider impact, My Ambition also provides the opportunity to offer your expertise to others or request advice from the network via Marketplace. This will assist you in developing connections and sharing best practice with other likeminded leaders.

Once you’ve completed Teaching Leaders, you will have a dedicated point of contact to support your journey beyond the programme. You can also access premium support and development opportunities via Marketplace and have the opportunity to offer your expertise to others for development points. Activities that can earn development points could include.....

• Sharing resources with another

• Hosting an Ambition School

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• Writing a blog • Participating in a working group

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• Organising a school visit

Leadership event

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Louise Ishani

National Head of Primary Programmes Louise is responsible for Ambition School Leadership’s primary curriculum design and the pedagogy that underpins our middle leadership programmes. Louise draws on her experience as a school leader to keep Ambition School Leadership rooted in authentic and successful practice.

Brenna Dorrance

Middle Leadership Delivery Director Brenna oversees the operational delivery of our middle leadership programmes. She will ensure that Ambition School Leadership maintains the high quality delivery of its programmes and that you are supported on your leadership journey.

We are delighted to welcome you to Ambition School Leadership and Teaching Leaders Primary. We hope that this handbook acts as a handy go-to document for information and support throughout the programme. We pride ourselves on the quality of our participants and we only select leaders who we believe are best placed to join us in our mission of eradicating educational disadvantage. Your journey towards this mission begins today.

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Associate Directors

Simon Sharp Programme Manager

Becky Bainbridge Associate Director - North

Leah Francis Delivery Associate

Catherine Duffin Associate Director - Midlands

Amii Oldham Delivery Associate

Elizabeth Blanchard Associate Director - South

Chris Watters Delivery Associate

Sean Harris Associate Director - North East

You will be supported day-to-day by Ambition School Leadership staff that understand the unique qualities and challenges of the area you work in. Delivery Associates will be your main point of contact and support throughout the programme. They can answer programme-related questions and provide guidance and support around all aspects of your learning.

North

Zoe Gale Programme Manager

Michael Spence Delivery Associate

Talia Akhtar Delivery Associate

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Martell Lloyd Delivery Associate

Janine Foster Programme Manager

Sean Noonan Delivery Associate

Caroline Yearwood Delivery Associate

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Teaching Leaders | Primary Mastery  

Participant handbook for those on Teaching Leaders Primary Mastery.

Teaching Leaders | Primary Mastery  

Participant handbook for those on Teaching Leaders Primary Mastery.

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