Heritage Park headteacher chosen for key school support role

Schoolsignweb_001The headteacher and staff at Heritage Park Primary School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Mrs Hepworth-Lavery isĀ one of only 96 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

She will now be invited to the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s learning and conference centre in Nottingham in October for a formal induction and training for the role in driving school improvement.

NLEs use their success and professionalism as school leaders, along with the staff in their school – designated a National Support School – to provide additional leadership capability in struggling schools or those in transition to federation or academy status. The deployment is tailor-made to suit the needs of each school. The type of support provided is flexible and can involve NLEs becoming acting or executive headteacher of the client school or schools. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Many in the National Leaders of Education/ National Support Schools scheme see improvements in exam results at both the support and client schools with progress achieved in excess of the improvements nationally.

There are now well over 800 NLEs across the country and the number is set to rise to about 1,000 by 2015.

Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s great that heads like Mrs Hepworth-Lavery are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and pupils achieve. Their efforts will be at the heart of a self-improving, school-led education system.

“School-to-school support is having a growing impact and the results speak for themselves with benefits for both the schools being supported and those providing the support”.

Fantastic recognition for the team at Heritage Park Primary. I’m very honoured to be associated with this one of the top schools in the UK, and very pleased to have been re-selected as the LA governor for a second term of office at our local school.