About Ambition Institute

We have one purpose: to help educators serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds to keep getting better.

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Our vision is an education system where every child can thrive, no matter what their background. To achieve this, we design and deliver professional development for teachers, school leaders and system leaders that draws on the latest evidence and insights into what works.

Our programmes support educators at every stage – from early career teachers through to CEOs leading multiple schools, and all the crucial teaching and leadership roles in between. We also work with schools and groups of schools to support their long-term improvement.


“Evidence should be at the heart of education policy and school improvement. I am pleased that we are working with Ambition Institute to build the evidence base for what works in educator development and ensure that it reaches teachers, school leaders and system leaders for the benefit of pupils.”

Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation


Why we’re needed

When disadvantaged young children start primary school, they are often over four months behind non-disadvantaged peers. This gap doubles by the time they finish primary school and doubles again by the time they complete secondary school. At this stage, they are over a year and a half behind in terms of their attainment.

Compared to their peers, disadvantaged young people are three times more likely lose opportunities for employment, education or training when they leave school.

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We believe that improving teaching and school leadership is the best way to make sure that every pupil, regardless of their background, gets the education they deserve. Through our programmes, we want to ensure there are expert teachers in every classroom being led by exceptional school leaders at all levels. Find out more about our training programmes >

Our reach

Ambition Institute has worked with over 10,300 educators across over 3,000 schools, collectively reaching more than 1.4 million children across the country.


"The consistent quality of the training means it stands above the others, and I would always choose Ambition Institute above other programme providers."

Judith Kidd, Head of Teaching School Alliance, Dixons Academies Trust


Middle leadership impact

Our Expert Middle Leaders programme (previously Teaching Leaders) gives high-potential middle leaders the skills to drive school-wide improvement. We are proud of the proven impact this has achieved compared with similar schools.

  • Disadvantaged primary children make significantly better progress in reading with a programme participant*
  • More children get a higher grade at GCSE with a programme participant*
  • Expert Middle Leaders (previously Teaching Leaders) is the only middle leadership development programme in England that has been independently shown to have impact on pupil outcomes

*Data from 2016/17; compared with independently statistically-matched similar schools

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Headteacher impact

Our Future Leaders programme prepares senior leaders to become headteachers of schools in challenging contexts. We measure the impact of the programme after alumni have been headteachers for three or more years.

  • Over 25% more disadvantaged primary children reach the expected standard in reading, writing and maths with a Future Leader headteacher*
  • Over 20% more secondary children get a standard pass in English and maths GCSEs with a Future Leader*
  • Our programmes have helped almost 400 participants achieve headship

*Data from 2016/17; compared with independently statistically-matched similar schools


"Ambition Institute has had a huge impact on our school improvement journey. Two of our senior leadership team have embarked upon the Masters in Expert Teaching and it has had a huge impact within their classrooms, but on a wider scale it has helped us to frame our school improvement programme, our teaching and learning philosophy and our approach to evidence based research.”

Helena Brothwell, Regional Director, David Ross Education Trust


Where we came from

Ambition Institute is the result of the merger of Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching. We’ve brought together cutting-edge expertise, a system-wide network and a deeply-held drive to end educational inequality into one new organisation with a bigger reach and greater impact. Learn more about our history >


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