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’.

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Training and Resources

Development & Evaluation Tools Development & Evaluation Tools

Helping you identify key aspects of successful implementation, and students assess their development

Review and Renew Workshop Review and Renew Workshop

Designed for link staff to review their progress with others, swap ideas and plan for the future.

Introductory Training Package Introductory Training Package

Organisations new to Learn to lead receive a comprehensive package of support, training and resources.

Resources Resources

A comprehensive ‘how-to-do-it’ manual and a range of other vital resources

Gold Award Gold Award

Schools involved for over 2 years can work towards the Gold Award – an important quality mark.

Ongoing Support and Training Ongoing Support and Training

A range of training is available, externally, in-house or with clusters of schools in a chain or local area

Latest news and articles

1 April

Make it Happen 2017, Frome Youth Festival

Posted in Learn to lead

Our directors, Cerise and Max, were invited to run sessions on the themes of citizenship and participation at Frome Town Council’s recent ‘Make it Happen’ youth festival on the 20th and 21st of March. We took groups of between 130-150 students each day from Oakfield Academy and Selwood Academy in Frome through a selection of […]

13 December

Important announcement from Susan Piers-Mantell, Learn to lead CEO

Posted in Learn to lead

After an amazing 15 years working with Learn to lead, I am delighted to be passing on my role to young people who we have been mentoring for the past years in preparation for this moment. Anyone who has attended a training will know our story of origin in one school – The Blue school, […]

11 December

Learning to lead across the Whole Education network

Posted in Learn to lead

  Students from fifteen schools across the Whole Education network have begun integrating Learn to lead into their schools, as part of Cabinet Office and Pears Foundation’s ‘National Youth Social Action Fund’. Five students and two members of staff from schools spanning across the country, from Whitstable in Kent to Whitby in North Yorkshire, have […]

1 December

‘This is Our School’ Day – Year 7’s off timetable for a day of Ideas & Planning

Posted in Learn to lead

‘This Is Our School’ planning took place this term  at The Blue School which involved 260 year 7’s off timetable for the day.  Completing ‘This is our School Survey’ and working on some great ideas for new teams including Dyslexia Support Team and ways to improve their school community.   The Blue School Fundraising team […]

25 November

CVT Connect Finalist in Technology Awards

Posted in Learn to lead

This award is for an individual,team or organisation that has used technology in an innovative and person-centred way to enhance the life of an individual or a group of people; or indeed the whole service. Initial interviews were held lat week and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on the 7th December.  Good […]

What people say

Read what people say about our approach and our work

  • Secondary School Student

    “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
  • 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
  • Secondary School Teacher

    “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
  • Secondary Principal

    “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
  • Manager, Camphill Village Trust

    “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
  • Primary Headteacher

    “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
  • 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
  • Liz Shuttleworth

    “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
  • Sir Tim Brighouse

    “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
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