TKAT Teaching School Alliance

TL Schools Programme


Teaching Leaders Schools Programme

Provided by Teaching Leaders


The TL Schools programme is designed to develop the entire middle leadership team of a school in strategic partnership with Teaching Leaders. Every school participating in the programme will have key interactions with Teaching Leaders throughout the cycle to diagnose, monitor and evaluate impact. The structure of the training programme for middle leaders will then be tailored specifically to their school and will be designed to reflect and support the school improvement plan, whilst building on the strengths and development areas of the middle leadership team. 

With the support of Teaching Leaders, the school will set ambitious targets for the development of the middle leadership team and for improving pupil outcomes. Throughout the duration of the programme, these targets will be closely monitored by the senior leadership team and through meetings with Teaching Leaders in order to ensure that they are achieved. The programme is entirely bespoke to fit each school’s needs and provides a wide choice of training and support to develop the whole middle leadership team. 

Tailored programme content

Each TL Schools programme is tailored to the needs of your middle leadership team and the school improvement plan. With guidance from Teaching Leaders, schools select a minimum of four training sessions and can then tailor the plan further by adding optional elements that will empower and equip your middle leadership team to make the greatest impact on pupil outcomes.

All Schools programmes include the following:

'In consultation with TL, we developed a bespoke programme across our Multi-Academy Trust.  The programme has inspired and developed both promising and established middle leaders to reflect on their practice. In the two participating schools, GCSE five A*-C grades including English and Maths increased by 22% in one Academy and 10% in the other. The impact (on middle leaders) has been incredibly positive, with over 50% of our very first cohort moving in to substantive middle leader posts'. - Debbie Coslett, CEO, Brook Learning Trust

  • Discussion and planning sessions with Teaching Leaders
  • A choice of four sessions from the TL training menu
  • Use of TL diagnostic tools
  • Copies of ‘What Makes a Great Middle Leader?’ a manual for your middle leaders and our new publication for senior leaders to support them in developing their middle leaders: ‘What Makes a Great Middle Leadership Team?’

In addition, schools also have the option of selecting from over 30 additional sessions that are differentiated to work with middle leadership teams at all stages of their development, from Rapid Change, through to Core and, the most advanced, Core Plus. There are also further professional development opportunities that schools can opt into, including:

  • Performance coaching,
  • SLT facilitation skills
  • A one-to-one Viva assessment developed in partnership with ASCL.


At the start of each programme, Headteachers set goals for the middle leadership team using our Middle Leadership Improvement Plan, and progress towards these goals is measured throughout. At the end of each year, TL will also review the impact of the Schools programme on raising pupil achievement.


We focus our work on schools in challenging contexts so in order to sign up for the TL Schools programme you would need to meet our eligibility criteria which can be seen here.


The TL Schools programme can start at any point in the school calendar and moves in a yearly cycle for up to three years


This would take place in school and would be organized to suit the needs of the schools


We have a flexible cost structure to reflect the tailored approach of our schools programme. Please enquire for further details.

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