Programme overview 

Yorks100 is both a social justice movement and a school leadership programme. It is designed with Trust leaders in Yorkshire with the guiding aim of identifying and nurturing 100 headteachers over the next 5 years who have the capacity and appetite to tackle the educational disadvantage that persists here. It is internationally informed, regionally-led and community focused. We adopt an asset-based, relationships-centred approach and we believe this programme complements (rather than competes with) the NPQH.  

Programme Manager

Verity Howorth, Reach Foundation

Programme aims 

  • Expand mental model for the type of leader individuals want to be and the type of school they want to lead
  • Build a strong network of aspiring headteachers across local authorities, trusts and demographics to offer peer support 
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and personal resilience to;
    • Find, apply and be successful in gaining a first headship
    • flourish in your first year and beyond
    • Identify and address educational disadvantage in that specific setting
    • Ensure children, families and the wider community can enjoy lives of choice and opportunity

Suitable for 

This programme is suitable for anybody who could feasibly be a headteacher in the next 3-5 years in a historically underserved community in Yorkshire. That setting could be mainstream primary or secondary, special or AP. Prospective applicants might currently be a middle or senior leader, it doesn’t matter if you’re not yet a deputy. We want to build a sense of cohort that is diverse and reflective of the range of settings across the county. Some participants have already achieved their NPQH, others haven’t – the only suggestion we offer is not to attempt both at once!

Breakdown of sessions/time commitment

  • Opening and closing Yorkshire-based residentials (5 days total, 4 nights away from home)
  • 2 Yorkshire based in-person conference days (2 days total)
  • 2 ‘study tours’ to visit exceptional practice outside of the region (6 days out of school, 6 nights away from home)
  • 3 Termly Tasks (a listening campaign, a recruitment campaign and a peer review)
  • 4 hours of evening webinars per termacross the year (12 hours across the year)
  • 12 hours of pre-recorded content and reading per term (36 hours across the year, covering 3 modules – Embedding Strong Relationships, Developing Great Teachers and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence)
  • Optional half-termly leadership coaching (6 hours across the year)
  • Optional international visit in Easter holidays held once every two years (5-6 days/nights away from home)


  • £3000 for secondary participants
  • £1500 for primary participants
  • Small personal contribution to international flights if joining that trip

*Please still get in touch if financing this is an issue – we can apply for funding support. 

Expression of interest in upcoming information events (online) here

Calendly for 1:1 with Verity here. 


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