New 'Ambition Institute' launched following ASL and IfT merger

Education organisations Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching have been rebranded as the “Ambition Institute”, a single graduate school with a focus on supporting the development of school teachers and leaders.

The two groups officially merged last year, initially keeping both names. Today’s rebrand marks the beginning of a new chapter for the charity following the departure of former chief executive James Toop on March 1.

The new charity is a graduate school which aims to combine the “the mission focus of a charity, the academic rigour of a traditional university, and the essential classroom connection of a teaching school”. It will offer programmes to support educators “at every stage”, backed by government funding.

Melanie Renowden, the charity’s interim CEO, said: “Improving teaching and school leadership is the best way to make sure every pupil gets a great education.

“No other aspects of the school system have as much influence on pupil achievement, particularly the achievement of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Formed in 2016 from the merger of charities The Future Leaders Trust and Teaching Leaders, Ambition School Leadership runs programmes for school leaders in both primary and secondary schools across England, including national professional qualifications at every phase.

The organisation also works with schools and trusts to help develop leaders at all levels, and also offers assistance with recruitment.

The Institute for Teaching was officially launched by education secretary Justine Greening in November 2017, and offers teachers who want to train as teacher-educators the chance to sign up for courses developed using expertise from a range of fields.

The charity will officially be launched at Oasis Academy South Bank this evening.