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Herefordshire head teachers chosen for key support role

The head teachers and staff at Weobley High School and The Brookfield School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances across the country.

Mr Dean Williams and Mrs Oremi Evans are two of only 95 head teachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

They will now be invited to the National College’s Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham in April for a formal induction and training for the role in driving school improvement.

National Leaders of Education use their success and professionalism as school leaders, along with the staff in their school, which is designated a National Support School, to provide leadership support to 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 the NLEs becoming acting or executive head teacher of the client school or schools. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

“We are delighted that the achievements of these two successful head teachers have been recognised through this process,” said Wendy Boulter, lead for secondary school improvement.  “They will joining three other Herefordshire head teachers who also have NLE status and we look forward to their future contributions to the continued improvement in Herefordshire schools.” 

The scheme of appointing National Leaders of Education and National Support Schools has already seen improvements in exam results.* As a result, the number of NLEs is set to almost double to1,000 by 2014.

Toby Salt, Deputy Chief Executive of the National College, said: “It’s great that heads like Oremi and Dean are becoming NLEs, looking beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils get the best start in life. This scheme is about the best school leaders helping the rest and the results speak for themselves with benefits for both the schools and academies being supported and those providing the support.

“School-to-school support is having a growing impact across the education system and this is thanks to the hard work and dedication of all those involved. Helping other school leaders in this way is admirable and something I’d encourage other heads to consider.”

*Primary schools supported by NLEs/NSS between 2008 and 2010 improved their KS2 results by over 7% while the results of those who had not been involved remained stable.  
For secondary schools supported by NLEs/NSSs between 2008 and 2010, the rate of improvement in the percentage achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs (including English and maths) was almost twice that compared to those who had not had this support.
Of all the schools that came out of special measures [during 2009/10], 24% had been assisted by an NLE (Annual report, Ofsted 2009/10)