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Ambition School Leadership and Institute for Teaching to join forces

July 6, 2018

Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching are to merge and become a new organisation dedicated to supporting teachers and school leaders to keep getting better.

Great teaching and great school leadership have a disproportionately positive impact on pupils from low-income families, so together we will have an even bigger impact.

The Institute for Teaching was launched in 2017 to develop “expert teachers”. Like Ambition School Leadership, the Institute works with schools in challenging contexts that serve significant numbers of disadvantaged pupils.

James Toop, CEO at Ambition School Leadership said: “The most important part of school leadership is creating the conditions for effective teaching to take place. The Institute for Teaching provides some of the highest-quality teaching programmes in the sector that help leaders to deliver their vision for pupils.

“I’m really proud that our combined programme offer will provide clear and coherent development pathways at every level.”

Matt Hood, Director of the Institute for Teaching, said: “Teachers and school leaders deserve as much effort to go into their development as they put into supporting their pupils. That’s why we believe that investing in the professionals who work in our schools not only helps them get better but means they are happier and stay in the profession for longer.

“Working with Ambition School Leadership gives us an opportunity to have an even greater impact.’

Work is currently underway to bring the two organisations’ programmes and participants together, leading to greater reach and impact in schools in challenging contexts across the country.

James Toop is CEO designate of the new organisation, and Matt Hood has been appointed as Interim Chief Education Officer.