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David Laws launches Talented Leaders programme to transform struggling schools

September 10, 2014 9:44 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws has today launched a new scheme to recruit 100 top school leaders to turn around struggling schools.

The Talented Leaders scheme aims to recruit the best headteachers in the country and place them in schools facing the toughest challenges.


The programme aims to put these exceptional teachers in schools predominantly based in rural, coastal or deprived areas where it is difficult to attract strong school leaders.

The programme is being run by Future Leaders Trust (TFLT) on behalf of the Department for Education.

Top-performing headteachers and outstanding aspiring headteachers who want to move to schools struggling to narrow the attainment gap for their poorer pupils are invited to apply.

Headteachers will be expected to work not just with the school they move to, but with a network of schools to help drive up standards across the local area.

Launching the Talented Leaders programme, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:

"The importance of high-quality leadership in our schools cannot be overstated. We know there is a strong link between school leadership, quality of teaching, and outcomes for pupils. The Talented Leaders Programme will spread the excellence and expertise of some of our brilliant school leaders.

"If you are a head or an aspiring head who already has a proven track record of raising standards and improving the education offered to all children and you think you have what it takes to make a real difference to a school in need of a great leader then we want to hear from you.

"The initiative will ensure even more schools can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our very best school leaders, so that every child can reach their full potential."

Liberal Democrats are committed to creating opportunities for all children through education. That's why in government we have delivered free school meals for every 5-7 year-old in England, given 15 hours free childcare to all 3-4 year-olds and set up a £2.5bn Pupil Premium to help pupils who need it the most.