On 28 April, Well Met at Leeds Beckett University will host one of the first events for Leading Together, an innovative new programme for schools from charity Teach First.
The national education charity is partnering with schools across the North West and Yorkshire and Humber initially, with plans to expand the programme across the country over the next few years.
With around 100 school leaders coming to Cloth Hall Court to take part in the inaugural programme, the event is set to be a catalyst for change in the region. Funded by the Department for Education’s Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund, the programme will be delivered completely free of charge to schools.
Bridget Clay, Head of Programmes for Leading Together at Teach First, said:
“We are working with schools in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber, with plans to expand across the country. We will be working with 85 schools over the next three years. That equates to supporting 1,600 teachers and leaders, resulting in an impact on an estimated 200,000 pupils.
“Teach First know from working with thousands of schools that great leadership is key to improving outcomes for pupils. The Leading Together programme will provide support for schools to help them build strong leadership teams. We’ll offer training, advice and support so school can develop outstanding leadership and drive improvements for their pupils.
“We have an established relationship with the conference team at Well Met and Cloth Hall Court is a perfect venue for us to launch this exciting development in Teach First’s programme. The city centre location with its state-of-the-art facilities and the hands-on support that we get from the conference team, will I’m sure make this a successful launch for this exciting leadership programme.”
Each participating school will receive two years’ support, tailored for their needs, along with coaching from an experienced, and importantly, locally-based senior leader. Learning modules, local networks and a pot of funding for specialist support will also be available throughout the programme.
Commenting on the event and how Well Met have adapted their offering for this conference, Clare Vidler, Conference Manager for Well Met, said:
“We are delighted to welcome back Teach First and are honoured to host their inaugural Leading Together event. It’s testament to the strong partnership that we have developed with the organisation and the collaborative working we have with our wider stakeholders that make Leeds as a city, and Well Met as a conference venue, an attractive proposition.
We continue to work closely with Teach First so that we can tailor our offering to suit their needs and we do everything that we can to make sure that their event runs smoothly, and delegates go away with a positive experience.”
Teach First’s annual Summer Institute and Teacher Development Conference for trainee teachers will return to Leeds between 23-27 July.