Reading Headteacher Chosen for Key Support Role

Tony Jones
Councillor Tony Jones, Lead Councillor for Education.

The Headteacher and staff at Norcot Nursery School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging positions.

Diana Heath is one of more than 80 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 (NSS) – 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. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteachers. They also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

Norcot Nursery, based in Lyndhurst Road, Tilehurst, is a large ‘Outstanding’ council controlled nursery school for three to five year olds with 180 part time places. The centre also includes Waterside Day Nursery which offers 50 day care places for 0-5 year olds.

Ms Heath said:

“Norcot has a long history of providing support, having been a beacon school and an early excellence centre. We are very happy to take this new opportunity to continue to support schools both locally and now nationally.”

Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said:

“I would like to congratulate Diana Heath on her well-deserved appointment as a National Leader of Education.

“It is fantastic that other schools and their children will benefit from Diana’s extensive knowledge and experience.”

Many NLES and NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:

“It’s fantastic that heads like Diana Heath have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people, not just in their own but in other schools as well.

“The aim of national leaders of education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,200 NLEs and we’re working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”

Successful heads have been invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role in driving school improvement.

David Millward

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