Middle leaders

The best training and support for middle leaders

Middle leaders are the engine of a school - not only do you have an impact in the classroom every day, but your leadership creates outstanding departments, inspires teachers and turns schools around. By developing and supporting you to be both a great teacher and a great leader, together we can change schools and young people’s lives for the better.

Lead Practitioner Programme

Lead Practitioners are excellent teachers who use their expertise to train others, while still spending most of their time in the classroom. This one-year programme combines training and individual practice to give you the tools to get the best out of your fellow teachers. If you are a consistently outstanding teacher – who helps develop teachers around you, either formally or informally – then the programme is the perfect introduction to middle leadership.

NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders)

Run jointly with Teaching Leaders, this programme gives you the chance to challenge your own leadership behaviours and practices. These nine sessions will show you what outstanding middle leadership looks like, help you to develop the staff around you, and give you the tools you need to lead and drive improvements in your school.

Instructional Leadership

Instructional Leadership, a teaching model based on observation and feedback, is central to Ark’s approach to developing great teachers. As a middle leader with Ark, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to use this model to observe, feedback on and develop the skills of your fellow teachers. You’ll become an expert and confident coach, driving teaching standards forward in your school.

NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders)

The NPQSL is ideal for you if you are a highly experienced middle leader, looking to step up to senior leadership. We run the NPQSL programme jointly with The Future Leaders Trust. It is a year-long programme, which blends seven full day workshops, online training, and two in-school projects focused on raising attainment.

Ark Fellows

As an international charity, we want our staff to share their expertise with teachers around the globe, not just in their own school. Every year, we give a group of talented and ambitious middle leaders the chance to work in an African or Indian school in the summer holidays. This is an amazing opportunity to support and develop a school in a completely different context, while becoming a better teacher yourself.

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Teaching Leaders programme

Teaching Leaders is an organisation created in conjunction with Ark which selects and develops a network of high-potential middle leaders across the country. Over the two year programme, you will receive the coaching and training you need to lead your team with confidence - transforming the lives of students in your school.

Become a middle 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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