Inspiring Leaders Leadership Training

Inspiring Leaders aims to utilise the experience and expertise of some of the most inspirational leaders of today to support the development of school leaders of the future. We passionately believe that great school leadership has the power to transform children’s lives and we are therefore committed to provide the best possible learning opportunities to all of our participants.

How we started

Inspiring Leaders is a “not for profit” partnership company consisting of four outstanding Teaching Schools and one outstanding Special School. This group of schools came together through a shared passion and commitment to develop the inspirational school leaders of tomorrow.

We have recently been awarded a license by the National College to deliver following programmes:


  • We believe that school leadership is the key to improving outcomes for children.
  • We recognise the importance of current practising leaders inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.
  • We believe that coaching is integral to developing school leaders and is a skill that all school leaders should develop.
  • We believe good leadership is context driven and we are therefore committed to utilising leaders and venues from different contexts from across our region.
  • We believe that consistent support is essential when completing any learning journey.
  • We are committed to providing face to face learning opportunities in small groups, ensuring that all participants receive the support needed.
  • We are committed to ensuring that all of our programmes have an impact on your school and your placement school.

Who are we?

All lead schools have a proven track record of outstanding leadership and the development and delivery of outstanding leadership programmes. In partnership with the six outstanding lead schools are a wide number of primary, special and secondary schools.

Affinity Teaching School Alliance

Designated in 2012, Affinity Teaching School Alliance (ATSA), headed up by Kibworth Primary School, works across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland and has 60 primary school partners. We lead several successful initiatives including our designation as a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) in February 2014 and our work developing system leaders. We currently work with 16 NLE/LLE headteachers and 36 SLEs.

Ash Lea School

Ash Lea School is a Special School in south Nottinghamshire which caters for the educational needs of children and young people (age range 3 to 19) that experience complex learning difficulties and brings a wealth of leadership expertise. Ash Lea is a member of Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance and Nottinghamshire Special School Soft Federation, so has played a significant role in collaborative school improvement.

Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance

"I personally believe that effective school leadership is the single most important factor to achieving a successful school. I am determined to ensure that Inspiring Leaders creates talented school leadership for the future. School leadership is safe in our hands."

Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance

Cotgrave Candleby Lane School is a large primary school in south Nottinghamshire developed through the amalgamation of three schools in 2007. The school is a National Support School and cohort one Teaching School. It has developed a comprehensive CPD programme and has delivered a range of leadership programmes, both locally and nationally. Head Teacher, Chris Wheatley, was runner up Headteacher of the year in 2008 and is now an NLE supporting a wide range of schools.

Redhill Teaching School Alliance

The Redhill Academy is a large, mixed secondary school in the residential district of Arnold, some four miles north of the centre of Nottingham. It caters for students across the 11-18 age and ability ranges, and currently has 1340 students on roll, including a Post 16 of 200. The Academy’s most recent OFSTED inspection in January 2009 recognised it as an outstanding school. We became an academy in December 2010. We have been designated by the DfE as a National Support School and our Principal, Andrew Burns, is a National Leader of Education. In April 2012 we became a National Teaching School and currently lead an alliance of over twenty other schools. The Redhill Trust is an active academy sponsor, currently sponsoring another local secondary school, The Carlton Academy.