Learn to lead
Empowering individuals – Improving society
With ten years’ experience behind us, we take engagement to a new level, so that from the very young upwards, people have responsibility and ownership and can run things for themselves. Our expertise is in providing structures, working in co-production with tools, training and inspiration to enable people to work together in teams to bring about the positive changes they wish for. The outcomes are transformational, individuals growing in confidence, self-esteem and ownership, and the whole culture of an organisation changing to one where everyone is ‘doing’ rather than feeling 'done to’.
Helping you identify key aspects of successful implementation, and students assess their development
Designed for link staff to review their progress with others, swap ideas and plan for the future.
Organisations new to Learn to lead receive a comprehensive package of support, training and resources.
A comprehensive ‘how-to-do-it’ manual and a range of other vital resources
Schools involved for over 2 years can work towards the Gold Award – an important quality mark.
A range of training is available, externally, in-house or with clusters of schools in a chain or local area
We are very Excited to be working with The British School of Gran Canaria to provide tools, training and inspiration for young people to work in co-production and make positive change. We will be visiting in October !
Fiona Carnie works for Alternatives in Education, an alliance of educators and parents committed to child-centred ways of working and are affiliated to the European Forum for Freedom in Education. Fiona is a director and has extensive experience of working with schools and organisations across Europe to support educational transformation. Learn to lead features in her […]
Chew Valley School, one of the longest running Learn to lead communities, has been making plans for the future life of their student community supported by their dedicated link teacher Liz Shuttleworth. Annie, one of Learn to lead’s directors who studied at Chew Valley and was closely involved in the Learn to lead community there, […]
We’re very pleased to welcome the addition of the Hamble School, Southampton to the Learn to lead network. Cerise and Max visited to deliver trainings with staff and students and run a planning session with years 7/8/9. The students seized the opportunity by generating a wealth of ideas for new activities in the school addressing […]
Last year we were thrilled to return to CATS College Cambridge to work with an international group of students to introduce them to the full range of Learn to lead tools and the underpinnings of our approach. The group made plans for upcoming events in the schools and ran through an extensive and detailed review […]
Read what people say about our approach and our work
“I used to think about school – get it over and done with. I didn’t think much of it. Now I am going out of my way to help the school rather than just turn up.”- Secondary School Student
“Learn to Lead has given the school a real buzz. The fact that students can see something they want to change and make it happen is amazing.”- Secondary School Student
“The more centrally I put the ethos and tools of LtoL into my teaching practice, the more my students take ownership of their learning. How else can we achieve more grade As to Cs?”
- Secondary School Teacher
“I’m proud of our Gold Arts Award and of course our Ofsted Outstanding category, but I’m most proud of our achievements through Learn to Lead”- Secondary Principal
“Through Learn to Lead we encourage every person to have a greater voice and involvement in the life and development of their communities, so that they really are THEIR communities.”- Manager, Camphill Village Trust
“There is an unspoken trust and expectation given to the children which encourages ever more responsibility and develops a sense of pride and ownership in all that is done. The children grow in stature and confidence about who they are and what they can do.”- Primary Headteacher
“It gives children a real chance to take on projects, to lead, and to learn those life skills like independence, working with others, having ideas, and seeing problems to a solution. And all for the general good of the school.”- Primary Headteacher
“Learn to Lead has transformed the school in a way that I never thought possible. It has been an absolute privilege to witness such incredible transformations in students as individuals that will serve them for the rest of their lives.”- Liz Shuttleworth
“I haven’t stopped talking about Learning to Lead since my visit. They really do seem to have taken student involvement and voice to a new level.”- Sir Tim Brighouse