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Apply to become an ECF or NPQ facilitator




Since new Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and Local Leader of Education (LLE) designations ceased, there has been a gap in recognising and celebrating some of the very best teachers and leaders that have the expertise and capacity to support their peers within and beyond their own school.

We want to address this by providing opportunities for expert teachers and leaders to facilitate our national teacher development programmes: the National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) and Early Career Framework-based training. Successful applicants will be recognised as a 'Visiting Fellow' and will join our pool of teacher educators that we will draw upon for the delivery of the programmes that we lead in partnership with Ambition Institute.

Teacher educators

Teacher educators lead training and support for other teachers and leaders. This includes those working in initial teacher training; mentors supporting early career teachers; subject leaders working with their wider team; headteachers leading whole-school teacher development; and expert teachers delivering national programmes, such as National Professional Qualifications. We are seeking highly experienced teacher educators to be Visiting Fellows for our national programmes.

Priority areas for recruiting Visiting Fellows

We deliver seven NPQ programmes and the Early Career Teachers' Programme. The number of Visiting Fellows we deploy to deliver these programmes depends on the number of aspiring and established leaders that register for our NPQs in the autumn and spring terms and the number of ECTs and Mentors that access our ECF-based training offer. At present, the priority programmes we are seeking to designate Visiting Fellows for are:

However, we welcome applications for all our programmes. The teacher educators that are successful in their application will be the Visiting Fellows we turn to when we have the opportunity to deploy them. We can't guarantee every Visiting Fellow will be deployed due to the nature of programmes only commencing if there is sufficient demand.

Benefits for the school and Visiting Fellow

Clearly, the opportunity for an expert teacher or leader to deliver on a national programme is both desirable as a positive professional experience and a privilege as the role supports the career development of peers. The Visiting Fellow's school is funded for the time given to prepare and deliver an event. This may be a full-day face-to-face conference, a series of 1 to 2-hour clinics delivered via Zoom, and/or 1:1 coaching with a Mentor. The Visiting Fellows will need to complete training with Ambition Institute (online) to confirm their designation. This training is not funded (i.e. training is free, but the applicant would need to be released by their school/trust). Visiting Fellows are also provided with all the resources they need, although they will need to enhance delivery by drawing upon their own professional experience to share with programme participants. They will need to maintain the fidelity of the programme.

Visiting Fellow training dates for successful applicants:

  • Early Career Teachers' Programme facilitator induction training (part 1), full day, online training. Attend one date: 16th June 2022, 28th June 2022, or 11th July 2022
  • Early Career Teachers' Programme facilitator induction training (part 2), full day, online training. Attend one date: 14th June 2022, 15th June 2022, 22nd June 2022, 23rd June 2022, 5th July 2022, or 18th July 2022
  • National Professional Qualifications: Dates TBC (likely to be September 2022)
How to apply

Applications are welcomed from expert teachers and leaders employed in local and partner schools and trusts with significant teacher educator experience from school and trusts that access NPQs and/or the ECF-based training via Exceed Teaching School Hub.

The applicant should be familiar with the programme for which they are applying to be a Visiting Fellow. This includes the associated framework, the principles of the Ambition Institute designed programme, and associated research and practice.

Applicants need to secure the support of their headteacher (or similar) - the most senior person in their organisation - before applying.


1. OPTIONAL: The applicant lets us know that they are thinking of applying to be a Visiting Fellow via our short expression of interest form.

2. BY THE DEADLINE: An online application form MUST BE completed by the applicant. It includes three questions that should each be completed with a maximum 250-word response. Please read these questions fully before completing the response to avoid duplication. We recommend you draft your answers in Microsoft Word (or similar) before copying them to our form:

3. BY THE DEADLINE: Arrange for your headteacher (or similar) - the most senior person in your organisation - to complete a short reference to support your application. This is in the form of an online form.

Applications will not be considered until we receive the application form and reference.

4. Short-listed applicants will be invited to a short, informal meeting to discuss their application (20-30 minutes).


The outcome will be communicated to the participant within a week of their application. A successful outcome does not guarantee deployment, for the reasons set out above. The outcome of the application is final.

Exceed Academies Trust and its academies fully understand the principles of the Equality Act 2010 and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equal opportunities.


Thank you for your interest and good luck!


Contact details

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