Headteacher’s supporting role

Sally Clark
Sally Clark

The headteacher and staff at Catsfield CE Primary School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Sally Clark is one of 137 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

NLEs along with staff in their school - designated a National Support School - use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools. NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to federation or academy status.The type of support provided is flexible and can often involve NLEs becoming executive headteacher.

They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Sally Clark, said “I am delighted to become a National Leader of Education and know that I am incredibly lucky to have the support of exceptional teams behind me both at Catsfield and in our local cluster of village schools.

“I am committed to school-to-school support which has a real impact on raising standards. I look forward to this new role which will be both interesting and challenging. This is a huge honour.”

Many NLEs/NSSs report improved exam results at the schools they support, as well as their own.

Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s great that heads like Sally Clark are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils achieve. “We have more than 1,000 National Leaders of Education and their efforts are at the heart of a self-improving, school-led education system.

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

Successful headteachers will be invited to attend a formal induction and training for the role in driving school improvement.