The London Leadership Strategy (LLS) first came into being in 2003 as a key strand of the London Challenge and played a great part in its success. The ambition was to make London an innovative centre of leadership and learning as part of the strategy to transform the education system. A major aspect of the strategy as first developed was to identify, train and develop successful and experienced Headteachers to be London Consultant Heads. They then supported other London heads and schools, particularly those facing major challenges, through coaching and teaching on specific issues. As well as this there was also a bespoke ‘leading from the middle’ programme, a range of opportunities for aspiring leaders at different levels, and an induction programme designed and delivered by practicing London Heads for newly appointed Headteachers.