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to learn, get better and pay it forward

Helen, Business Leader

Business leaders

Who you are

Our business leaders are executive and senior leaders from businesses from all sectors and of all sizes who want to develop their leadership skills  whilst also giving their time to support and make a positive impact within education. The main criteria we look for are your motivation to support others and your leadership experience, and the qualities needed for are an open mind, curiosity and commitment to giving your time for an hour a month for nine months.


We also partner with individual businesses who provide groups of leaders to participate on the programme. For more information, visit our Partners page.

What training & support you will have

You will be provided with initial training, our Inspiring Partnerships programme guide and ongoing support throughout the programme.

The online training takes place before the sessions commence and will cover:


  • Insight into challenges in education and school leaders' context
  • Guidance on how to provide effective support


The Inspiring Partnerships programme guide includes support and a framework to use for the sessions. Throughout the programme, we will provide ongoing support and will have regular check ins with you to get feedback and ensure everything is going well.

Who you will work with

You will be matched with a senior school leader who is part of a school’s Senior Leadership Team.


We focus on leaders from schools in areas of disadvantage. Some school leaders will be new in post and others will be aspiring to the next stage in their career. Others may be experienced leaders who want to take their leadership to the next level.


The things that all of our school leaders have in common is their desire to step back, know themselves better as a leader and gain a different perspective.

How you sign up

If you are interested in joining our programme, then contact us by completing and submitting the form below. We will be in contact with you to arrange an initial discussion to understand your interest and your suitability.


Some of our cohorts are either funded or sponsored by corporate partners, and others are open programmes, therefore a programme fee may also be required - please contact us to find out more.



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What our business leaders say

"Each conversation brings something out for me in terms of my own leadership."

– Yapincak, Business Owner, matched with Shereka, a new Headteacher

"It’s been great to get more insight into what leadership and management is like in a new setting."

– Sam, Founder and Director, matched with Tom, an Assistant Headteacher

"There's a clear transferability of leadership skills across sectors - the context is different but the challenges are the same."

– Emma, Chief Revenue Officer, matched with Helen, a Headteacher

"I get to help him multiply his positive effect into a school which is really rewarding, and will be great for the school too."

– James, Business Owner, matched with Jay, a Senior Vice Principal


When does it start and what is the time commitment?


Our nine month online programme runs twice a year - from February to November and/or from November to June.

Your time commitment will be:


See Our Programme page for more detailed information about the programme.


What do I have to do?


As a business leader you will:



What makes a good match?


You will have held leadership roles in your career. You will have had leadership training and be experienced in leading teams through change. You will want to improve their/your own leadership excellence through working with someone from a different context.


I don't have any experience in education, does this matter?


No, it doesn't matter that you don't have any previous experience in education.


We are looking for business leaders who will be curious, ask good questions and listen effectively to help the school leader develop their leadership skills. This focus on leadership and the space to reflect is what makes our programme unique and effective. We provide training and support throughout the programme.


Do I already have to be linked with a school or do you do that for me?


We match business leaders with school leaders so we will do that for you. We focus on leaders from schools in areas of disadvantage.


However, if you already have a relationship with a school and would like to work with a school leader you know, we can facilitate that for you.