Inspiring Leaders Programme

How to Apply

Registering and creating an account

If you are not already registered, you will need to create an account at by clicking the ‘Register’ button on the right. Complete the details on the registration form and choose a password. Please note that your username is the email address you have provided. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to access your application and receive messages from us securely.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using your email address and the password you have created.

Should we need to communicate anything urgent with you throughout the process, we'll do this via a notification messages which can be accessed in your account. We'll send you emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. Occasionally, these messages can go into your spam folder, so please check this regularly. This is to protect your privacy.

Please make sure that you have downloaded and read the 'Should you apply?' document before you click on the blue ‘Apply Now’ button to continue.

To note: If you have already started the application, you don't have to complete this in one session. Simply click log out and return later. The application has an auto save function. When you come to picking up where you left off, you must apply through this site again and the application will pick up where you left off.

1. Competency questions

You will be asked questions around the following which are designed to assess your suitability:

  • Purpose and passion to champion children and young people
  • Knowledge of Children's Services
  • Strategic vision
  • At least 3 years effective senior strategic leadership and management experience
  • Growth mindset
  • Motivation to learn

When answering these questions, ensure that your examples demonstrate relevance and transferability to the Aspirant Directors Programme.

Each question will have a word limit which will be displayed on the online application.Please ensure you stick to the required word limit.

The application form will not tell you once you have reached your word limit. It is advisable to first type up your answers in a word document and then transfer this across to the online application form.

2. Monitoring information

We value equality and diversity and we are committed to ensuring our processes and procedures are fair, transparent and free from unlawful discrimination. We are fully committed to making the appointment process accessible at all stages for any applicants with a disability. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements. To ensure we are treating candidates fairly, we monitor diversity at all stages of the appointments process. The application process includes an online equal opportunities monitoring form.

Information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and held securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation and will be used for monitoring purposes only. It will not be seen by anyone directly involved in the selection process and will not be treated as part of your application. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individuals to be identified.

3. Your CV

Once you have completed the monitoring information, you will then be asked for some personal credentials such as your full name, address, contact number and email address before being asked to upload a copy of your CV.

4. Letter of support 

You will be required to upload a letter of support from your employer, sponsoring your application. It is important that your employer is able to give you the support needed to undertake the programme and it is worthwhile having the conversation early to make sure this doesn’t slow down your application.

Please ensure this is uploaded in the 'Supporting Documentation' tab.

Please ensure that the following details of your employer sponser are included on your letter of support:

  • Name of sponser
  • Position
  • Email address
  • Contact number

Once your application has been submitted, you cannot retrieve your application to make any further amends so ensure you are happy that it is fully complete. Please also allow yourself sufficient time to complete the process, particularly if you are unfamiliar with online recruitment processes. Your application must be received by the deadline of midday on 26 October 2020.

You will be able to view your application in full before confirming your submission, this will be your last opportunity to make any amends.

Once, sumbitted, you will see a confirmation screen acknowledging your application. You will also receive an email to the email address you provided, confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive an email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson on

Dealing with your queries

We are committed to processes and procedures that are fair, transparent and free from discrimination. Queries about any aspect of the process will be monitored, recorded and promptly handled. If you have any queries about the process, please contact