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UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

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London Centre for Leadership in Learning (LCLL)

The London Centre for Leadership in Learning (LCLL) is the UK's largest Higher Education centre for research, development and teaching in educational leadership, innovation and impact. Our expertise spans educational leadership and development, school system reform, school improvement and evidence-informed practice.

Our work aims to:

  • Develop criticality: Build evidence-based, theory-informed and innovative approaches to policy and practice;
  • Deepen learning: Broaden perspectives and forge connections between theory, policy and practice;
  • Nurture collaboration: Encourage shared thinking within and between communities of learners;
  • Activate knowledge: Develop and mobilise knowledge and understanding within organisations and systems;
  • Enhance equity: Promote understanding about and action around equity and social justice.


Our research generates leading-edge evidence and theory on effective leadership, knowledge mobilisation and policy change. This informs our teaching, consultancy and partnership work with schools and colleges in London and beyond.  Through our research and development programmes and Research and Development network we support schools to build expertise and capacity to engage in and with high quality collaborative research and development.

Post graduate provision

Our flexible masters and MBA programmes draw on the extensive knowledge and research base of the UCL Institute of Education and are taught by leading experts in the field. They enable educational leaders and managers to reflect on a range of leadership issues, to improve their practice and network with and learn from other professionals.

Professional development

Our leadership programmes provide leaders with professional development at every stage of their career. Our research, together with our collaboration with schools, ensures our programmes keep pace with current policy and practice. LCLL holds the license to deliver the National College for Teaching and Leadership's Leadership Curriculum including NPQML for middle leaders, NPQSL for senior leaders and NPQH for leaders aspiring to headship.

We also work with schools, cluster of schools and organisations to provide high quality bespoke leadership programmes and consultancy.  Our offer draws on our expertise in leadership, innovation, impact evaluation and organisational change. Our programmes are tailored to meet the needs of your organisation. Recent examples of work in this area include: supporting schools, alliances, chains and Local Authorities to develop strategic approaches to professional and leadership development, Lesson Study and Research Learning Communities.

International consultancy

As a global centre of expertise, we provide a diverse and varied international consultancy and professional development offer. We work extensively with international schools in many locations - such as the Middle East, SE Asia, Europe and Africa. We also support governments of other countries in the development of education systems, working with ministries to provide professional learning and development for leaders including Executives and Principals.

Membership and events

Our location in central London and our work with schools, government and educational organisations places us at the heart of educational debate. We host a series of topical events, workshops and talks from our own experts and invited guest speakers to keep you up to date and informed.

Why not become an LCLL member? Membership offers invitations and discounts to LCLL and other IOE events including a free invitation to our prestigious annual lecture.