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Leaders for Impact

Leaders for Impact is a leadership development programme for headteachers and senior school leaders who are in a position to influence whole school approaches to cultural learning. It will enable 15 committed and experienced professionals to increase their professional impact by honing their leadership skills.

We are seeking participants that are leading - or are ambitious to lead - on cultural learning in their school community and beyond. Participants will be driven by the desire to make change happen on a whole school, local and national level. Leaders for Impact will connect participants with a network of previously participating leaders to collaborate on, support, and embed innovative practice.

The deadline to apply to join the 2019/2020 programme is Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Click here for the application form. (If for any reason you cannot meet this deadline, please contact us at

“The Leaders for Impact programme is transformational - it will challenge your thinking, provoke deep reflection and introduce you to a network of leaders who are passionate about offering our children and young people a rich, broad and meaningful education”
Quote from Leaders for Impact Participant 2017 -18

Between July 2019 – June 2020, participants will develop innovative approaches to problem solving, share inspiration through peer learning, and pursue a tailored programme of knowledge and practice-based learning. They will return to school re-invigorated, better networked, and empowered with advanced skills to make a stronger contribution to school improvement.

Enhanced and enabled by technology, and focused on leading for innovation, Leaders for Impact is designed to:

  • Enable maximum benefit for participants and their schools
  • Create a ‘generation’ of leaders in cultural learning who are skilled, empowered, and connected to impact change on a whole school, local and national level
  • Develop a diverse network of leaders and schools to collaborate, support, and embed innovative practice

The Leaders for Impact programme includes group workshops and training, inspiration sessions and a group leadership challenge, as well as mentoring and coaching with carefully selected professionals, including national leaders from the cultural sector.

The programme offers:

  • Tailored leadership development to support the individual needs and interests of participants.
  • Digital tools to enable participants to connect with each other and engage in independent and group learning in new ways.
  • Diverse and inspiring creative content, cross-sector speakers and mentors, and approaches to leadership for cultural learning.

Modular programming to enable tailored activity in the participants’ own time, alongside peer learning, shared problem-solving, and training workshops. See full programme overview here.

Leaders for Impact 2018-19

“This is a true 'Leadership' programme. So often we are given CPD that is target driven and a bag of 'solutions' to take back to school. At no point were we given trite answers that will only work in certain contexts but we were encouraged to question, dream and think beyond the confines of our current position. This is a course that will have immediate impact on leaders as individuals and the longer term benefits will be reaped for many years to come.”
Quote from Leaders for Impact Participant 2017 -18

Previous Leaders for Impact participants reported that their involvement with the course enabled them to:

  • Develop new skills, knowledge and networks to work and lead differently
  • Increase confidence to influence at senior levels and advocate for cultural learning
  • Renew their understanding of developing and sustaining sector partnerships
  • Improve and effectively network with colleagues inside and outside their organisations.