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Supporting Teacher Leadership programme

The Supporting Teacher Leadership programme is designed to support staff at all levels to become more confident in leading the learning of colleagues around practitioner enquiry.

Applying for the programme

Recruitment to the programme is now under way. To apply, download and complete the application form:

Supporting Teacher Leadership Application Form 2019-20

Who is the programme for?

The programme is aimed at teachers and others in the system who have significant experience of leading learning and teaching through practitioner enquiry in their contexts and would like to develop their confidence to support others to take an enquiring approach to practice.

How is the programme delivered?

The programme engagement takes place over a 6-month period, usually November to April.

The programme is delivered through a two-day residential, followed by one follow-up engagement day. There is intersessional work based around leading colleagues through their enquiry and reflecting on this process.

Participants connect with each other via Microsoft Teams during their engagement which provides an online forum to learn and share experiences and ideas.

What does the programme involve?

The programme is developmental in nature and will support participants to progress from their current experience of supporting colleagues.

Participants are expected to:

  • engage in pre-reading and reflect on how the ideas relate to their own experience of undertaking practitioner enquiry
  • explore and share their understanding of practitioner enquiry with fellow participants leading to collaboratively planning approaches to supporting others to develop as enquiry practitioners
  • lead enquiry within their own context by liaising with school and system leaders to plan and support the development of enquiry
  • reflect and share their progress and learning and consider how they can build capacity within the system to support practitioner enquiry.


Through engagement in this programme, participants may choose to engage in further study around key elements of the programme which include coaching and facilitation training.