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Chief Executive Officer National Institute of Teaching

Lead the development of the National Institute of Teaching as its CEO and transform teacher and school leadership development across the English education system.

  • Location: North of England
  • Salary: circa £150,000

About the role

To secure the realisation of our school-led vision of the National Institute of Teaching, we require a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who can scale our organisation at the necessary pace and work with our Chair and Board of Directors to develop our long-term plan and associated business plans. As our organisation evolves, the CEO will build the necessary infrastructure to deliver on our mission, ensuring the necessary control, risk and assurances processes are built into our planning.

At the National Institute of Teaching, we will combine the ‘golden thread’ of teacher qualifications with our own research to build a community of teachers who can themselves contribute to teacher development in the future.

To do this, we need to make sure that the very best teacher and leader development is accessible to every teacher and leader in every school. By doing so we will leverage the untapped potential in the system to drive better outcomes for children across our school system.

“The National Institute of Teaching will ‘turbo charge’ teacher development – through generating research and learning from what works best. We will share our research with the sector and help teachers to love what they do by helping them to get better all the time – from their time as a trainee through to becoming an executive leader and system leader.”

Our CEO will be the lead advocate and public face of the National Institute of Teaching, championing our organisation, our research and the teachers and leaders who choose to learn and develop through us, and the profession as a whole. This is a high-profile and partnership-focused executive role, leading the start-up and scale-up of a national organisation that serves to influence positive change through being authentically school-led.

Our CEO will drive the development of the National Institute of Teaching, with the support of their senior team and through three directorates: Academic Delivery and Development, Research and Best Practice, and Professional Services. Once the senior team have been appointed, they will – in turn – lead teams overseeing curriculum and programme development, world-class primary research and operations including finance, HR, technology, and communications.

Through a highly strategic and partnership enabled approach, the CEO will oversee national delivery, through four campuses based in the English regions and via a network of partners and Associate Colleges. We will deliver exceptional and inspiring teacher training and leadership development, to thousands of learners and participants, which is modelled on world-class research and innovation.

Who we are looking for

It is not just that we know schools and work well with schools. We will be a school-led charity*. And we love working with and supporting other schools. We will deliver results and education excellence in classrooms across England, often in communities that have the toughest of deals, where our work has the potential to make the biggest difference.

Our CEO, therefore, must be well connected into the education system and have a proven track record in order to for us to lead an authentic school-led organisation. As a research-informed teacher training and professional development organisation, working nationally, it is essential that our CEO has a deep understanding of both the teacher training sector and the English education system, more broadly.

With partnership at the heart of our approach, and with an anticipated network of approximately 10,000 schools, our CEO will need to bring significant experience in devising, developing, and sustaining successful strategic relationships with key allies and partners, including central government, schools, and local authorities, in order for us to maximise networks and opportunities available to us.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of sector and industry leaders, who care deeply about the success and sustainability of the National Institute of Teaching. With the need to work closely with the Chair and our Board of Directors, we feel our CEO must have experience in working collaboratively with a group of non-executives and developing an organisation’s vision and strategy. As the most senior leader in the organisation, we welcome the CEO’s significant experience in people and team leadership, and in developing multi-faceted professional teams to deliver organisational outcomes. Ideally, as the National Institute of Teaching has four campuses and a national delivery footprint, the CEO will recognise the complexities, and possess the experience of managing diverse teams of people across a wide geography.

Our long-term plan is to be a thriving, sustainable charity. Our CEO must be financially confident and competent – skilled in developing and presenting strategic financial information, with the ability to analyse and process complex information and data quickly and rigorously to make the best of opportunities

As a start-up organisation, supported by four of the largest academy trusts in the country, our CEO must be able to work well, and indeed thrive, in a fast-paced and high-energy environment. No two days will be the same and there will be various competing and demanding priorities. With a variety of stakeholders, including Government, the CEO will need to be skilled in presenting, public speaking, and influencing decision-makers.

We envisage that the role of CEO at the National Institute of Teaching will evolve as the organisation gains momentum. As such, we require a CEO who has the passion, determination and perseverance to achieve our vision and be as adaptable and agile as the role and organisation requires them to be.

This is a wonderful, and potentially once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity to build organisational culture from the ground up, through the recruitment and development of expert talent, and the design of systems and structures which result in highly positive societal and educational outcomes for children.

The National Institute of Teaching actively encourages applications from under-represented groups and candidates based outside of the London region. As we build our organisation, we have the ambition to ensure it is fully reflective of the society we serve.

*Please note – the National Institute of Teaching is currently in the process of applying for charity registration.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Drew Richardson-Walsh by emailing laura@peridotpartners.co.uk

Eshé Muhammad | eshe@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Welcome from the Chair, Sir Dan Moynihan

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for considering the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the National Institute of Teaching. In my estimation, it is truly one of the most exciting and important roles in the education sector.

Our vision is for a school system that nurtures the talents of teachers and leaders at all stages of their careers, so they can provide children and young people with the world-class education they deserve.

We are looking for a leader who can deliver this vision through an exceptional portfolio of teacher development programmes and the generation of high-quality research. At the National Institute of Teaching, we believe that every school in the country should have fair access to excellent teacher development programmes and the robust, accessible evidence base that sits behind them. We want to appoint a CEO who can engage with our network of partners and communicate effectively with the Department for Education and a hugely experienced Board of Directors.

We are also committed to a school-led approach to teacher development. All our campuses are based in working schools, embedded in their communities. We are proud that our programmes will be delivered by serving practitioners. We are also hugely excited about the significant contribution that our Research and Best Practice function will make to the wider sector, producing high-quality research that can be used in classrooms across the country. We want to appoint a CEO who can maximise the opportunities presented by this approach, building programmes that demonstrate fidelity to the best research and evidence while offering pragmatic and practical support to teachers.

If you think that you have the skills and expertise to build the National Institute of Teaching into a world-class provider of teacher development programmes based on these principles, we would be delighted to receive your application.

I am hugely excited about the Institute’s future and about making this crucial appointment.


Sir Dan Moynihan

Chair of the Board

About the National Institute of Teaching

We know a teacher’s expertise makes a greater difference to a child’s success than another factor in a school. The National Institute of Teaching exists to nurture the talents of teachers and leaders at every step of their career, whatever the context, wherever they are in the country.

The National Institute of Teaching is run by the School-led Development Trust (SLDT), working in partnership with schools and delivery partners across England. The SLDT is a charity founded by four of the country’s leading school trusts: The Harris Federation, Outwood Grange Academies Trust, Oasis Community Learning and Star Academies, and supported by the Department for Education.

We are a best practice incubator, which will find, interpret, generate, and communicate research, applying the insights to the design and delivery of high-quality development programmes. We will design, sequence and deliver coherent, evidence-informed teacher development pathways, and truly support and equip teachers from their initial training to executive and system leadership. Our programmes will be created with the realities of school life in mind and exemplified with the best practice from classrooms across the country.

Partnership is, and always will be, at the heart of our approach; between the founding school trusts behind the School-led Development Trust, across our network of Associate Colleges through which we span the country and with our consortium of Specialist Partners.

The National Institute of Teaching has an unswerving commitment to high-quality, evidence-informed teacher education, codified in our vision, strengths and mission:


Our vision is a school system that nurtures the talents of teachers and leaders at all stages of their careers, so they can provide children and young people with the world-class education they deserve.


Our mission is to improve the quality of teacher and leader development at a system level.

We do this by generating and interpreting research, applying the insights to the design and delivery of high-quality teacher development programmes, and sharing it all with sector.


We have four core strengths that we utilise to help us deliver our mission, and in doing so work to realise our vision.

  1. School-led: We represent the next step in a move towards a self-improving, school-led system, bringing evidence to life with examples from the best schools in the country, and running programmes that are delivered by serving school practitioners.
  2. Scale & reach: We have a record of success at scale across the country and have assembled a national network of partners supported by strong governance and central infrastructure.
  3. Expertise: We have assembled a team of experts from schools across the country who know how to deliver programmes that are faithful to the evidence base, authentically rooted in schools, and sensitive to the demands of the classroom. They are supported by robust governance, and a strong central infrastructure.
  4. Evaluation: We are deeply committed to evaluating our contribution to teacher development. We generate and share evidence quickly, link our own data to that held by schools and trusts in our network, and relentlessly monitor the quality of our programmes with support from our research partners.

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    Closing date: Wednesday 22nd June 2022 at 12pm (midday)
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    Preliminary interviews with Peridot Partners: Monday 27th June 2022
    Final interviews and assessment with SLDT Trustee Board: Friday 8th July 2022


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