SW100 is a school leadership programme for Devon and Cornwall.

We are on a mission to identify and prepare 100 future Head Teachers to lead South West schools where all children thrive. 

We are now recruiting for 20 aspiring Head Teachers to join our 2022 cohort. 

This is urgent, challenging work. In Devon and Cornwall, the 'disadvantage gap' is worse that the national average at all stages. Disadvantaged children in our region start primary school more than 5 months behind their peers and end secondary nearly 21 months behind. In Plymouth, the gap is more than 24 months by the end of secondary. 

It does not have to be this way. There are areas of country where the disadvantage gap has been eliminated. We want to achieve the same in the South West. 


"I love the unapologetic rigour and urgency at the schools we visited. I realised I can have that rigour, that drive, that urgency and give it to our kids in the South West." 

Developed by Cornwall Education Learning Trust, Dartmoor MAT, Education South West, Ted Wragg Trust, West Country Schools Trust and the Reach Foundation, SW100 is: 

  • Based on the conviction that, with the right leadership, closing the disadvantage gap in our region is possible.
  • Rooted in pride in the South West and a deep understanding of the needs and opportunities that exist in our local communities. 
  • Designed to build the knowledge needed to lead great schools and enable people to benchmark against the best schools in our region, nationally and internationally. 

"SW100 has changed my narrative."

"Everything we are doing on SW100 is purposeful."

"I have learned so much in only a few weeks-I am going through a massive re-framing of my thinking. I'm reflecting constantly on everything."

What does SW100 involve? 

SW100 is a one year school leadership programme and a lifelong South West network. We prepare leaders to achieve breakthrough change as Head Teachers and work together to strengthen schools across our region.

Programme participants: 

  • Build strong relationships and shared purpose at residential courses, including learning visits to game-changing schools across England and the USA. 

  • Gain the knowledge required to become excellent Head Teachers (including modules on building great relationships, developing great teachers, ensuring a strong curriculum and creating a culture of high expectations). 

  • Undergo 'Head Teacher tasks' together to gain real, deep experience of leading a school. 

"The London schools visits were so beneficial. You never get that chance to go and immerse yourself. I've reflected on so many things since then and helped to refine the culture at my school."

Who is eligible? 

SW100 is for primary and secondary school leaders with the desire and potential to become a Devon or Cornwall Head Teacher within five years. We are looking for school leaders with a deep commitment to enabling all children to enjoy lives of choice and opportunity; the discipline to implement consistently and effectively; and the humility to listen, learn and adapt as they lead. 

20 high potential participants each year will be selected from Devon and Cornwall primary and secondary schools. Whether they attend a tiny rural primary school or a large urban secondary, all children in our region deserve great schools. 

"The relationships are key. If I took a headship, I would be less alone than if I had not done the course. It lowers the barrier to stepping forward."

How do I apply?

There are three stages to the SW100 application process. 

1. Complete an SW100 application form by 5pm, Monday 18th April

2. First round interview (between 2nd and 27th May)

3. SW100 selection day (Friday 17th June) 

What is the cost?

  • £3,500 per secondary school leader
  • £1,500 per primary school leader

We are committed to ensuring great people can participate. If funding is currently a challenge for your school, please let us know. 


For further information about SW100, please contact sw100@reachfoundation.org.uk.






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