Almost 1,000 more middle leaders are to be trained to work in schools in challenging circumstances through the Teaching Leaders programme.
It comes after schools minister David Laws confirmed that the charity is to have its funding extended until 2016, helping it to more than double the number of middle leaders it works with – from 766 currently to 1,706.
Teaching Leaders, which launched five years ago in London, trains middle leaders to work in schools where more than 15 per cent of the cohort is on free school meals, or where less than 40 per cent meet the five A* to C GCSE benchmark.
The funding extension amounts to £9.9 million and has been awarded by the Department for Education via the National College of Teaching and Leadership.
The extra money will enable the charity to extend its focus from inner cities to more rural and coastal areas where poverty is also a barrier to education.
Earlier this year, an Ofsted report, Unseen Children, said that while much focus had been placed on disadvantaged students in inner city areas, those living in coastal or rural, less populous areas often felt little impact from national initiatives designed to drive up standards for the poorest children.
The funding announcement was made during Teaching Leaders’ fourth annual graduation ceremony, which took place in London last Thursday (November 7). This year, 117 professionals are graduating from the programme.
Mr Laws said: “This programme has shown that outstanding leadership is crucial in getting the most from pupils. Teaching Leaders has helped schools identify their most promising teachers and turn them into the outstanding headteachers of tomorrow.”
Teaching Leaders chief executive James Toop added: “As we grow our reach, we will remain committed to continuing our focus on pupil impact and maintaining the quality of our programmes. We will also deepen the partnerships we have developed with schools who have supported the programme to date, and build relationships with schools in new areas.”
For more information, visit www.teachingleaders.org.uk CAPTION: Celebration: Some of the new Teaching Leaders at the London graduation ceremony (top), where schools minister David Laws (above) unveiled new funding for the charity