Leadership at United Learning

United Learning offers a range of leadership positions for teachers at every stage of their career, from Deputy Headteachers to Regional Directors managing a number of schools.

Join us in any role, and you’ll discover that here, leaders have time and space to focus on their main role. With access to a national support network, experienced educational practitioners and a superb business support function, we can achieve more as a group of schools than any single school could alone. Work is underpinned by Group-wide initiatives including our curriculum and a tailored CPD programme. As a Group, we can reward you better, with excellent salaries of up to 17% above local government pay for headship roles, at least eight INSET days per year in all our academies (with three dedicated to planning), and an array of benefits.

It means that, as a leader here, you can maximise your impact, bringing out the best in pupils across the country.

An introduction from Jon Coles

Leading a school is amongst the most important, meaningful and rewarding roles society has to offer. No other role offers such opportunity to shape the future of society through shaping young lives and improving life chances.

Almost uniquely amongst leadership roles, headteachers embody their schools – looked to by staff, parents and pupils as the central figure in determining the school’s success and failure.  Yet heads succeed through building strong leadership teams – and the best schools build leadership throughout their staff and pupil bodies.

Through this site, we are looking to attract talented teachers to lead in some of the most inspiring schools in the country.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Jon Coles

Chief Executive

Dame Sally Coates

I know how valuable and rewarding school leadership can be; both personally and professionally. In my current role, overseeing the performance of academies across our Group, I have the pleasure of seeing examples of excellent leadership every day and understanding the impact that good leadership can have in running a happy and successful school.

Over the course of my teaching career, I have progressed from initial positions as a classroom teacher through middle leadership onto headship and beyond. Whilst never losing touch with my key love of teaching, through this I have been able to expand my skillset and develop as a professional through leadership roles – and many school staff seek to do the same.

What we offer as a larger group is the scope to do just that – to train and develop into leadership positions, to share expertise as subject specialist advisors or to join new schools in more senior roles.

Darran Ellison-Lee

Autonomy in school leadership has been one of the main drivers of success over the past 15 years, nowhere more so than in primary schools. The delegation of powers to primary leaders is more exacting and demanding than many expect and the opportunity to flourish is significant; even (and often, most spectacularly) in the smallest of schools.

In all of our primaries, we have staff that excel in classroom best practice and subject-specialist delivery; these are key strands of school leadership that we look to build. Likewise, there are many ambitious and experienced teachers looking to take the steps from middle to senior leadership or further.

The benefits of being part of a wider group of schools are numerous for new and experienced leaders – on a national, regional and subject level. For all stages of school leadership, we aim to offer the necessary training, pathways and mentorship to ensure that our staff can continually progress with expertise and experience.

CPD and your career

You're not just taking a job, you're taking the next step in your career.

As a Group we offer a variety of leadership development opportunities. By joining us, you can grow within your role, take on new responsibilities and take advantage of internal promotion opportunities within your school and across the country.

A national group

United Learning is a national, growing group of academies and independent schools. By working together we bring out the best in everyone: our pupils, our staff, and the wider community. We believe that together we achieve more than any single teacher, department or school could alone.

Sharing resources from our Group-wide intranet and enrichment programme to our national curriculum and training programme, every person in our organisation is supported to grow and develop.

And your career opportunities are genuinely nationwide. As the Group spans the country, United Learning can offer leadership opportunities from Carlisle to Bournemouth in both the independent and state sectors, and at every stage from nursery to sixth form.

Find out more

Case Studies

Rebecca Glover

Rebecca Glover

Principal / Head

Surbiton High School

Leon Wilson

Leon Wilson

Principal / Head

The Hurlingham Academy

Frank McCarron

Frank McCarron

Executive Principal

South Manchester Cluster

Harry Wall

Harry Wall

Principal / Head

Hanwell Fields Community School

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