Saddleworth School headteacher “thrilled” to be chosen for key school support role

SADDLEWORTH SCHOOL’s headteacher is “thrilled” to have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

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Matthew Milburn, headteacher at Saddleworth School

Matthew Milburn is one of more than 70 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.

Mr Milburn said:  “I’m thrilled for the pupils and staff at Saddleworth School. They have worked tirelessly to ensure the school is in a position to be given this prestigious designation by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

“We take seriously our aim to empower and inspire and we have done a great deal to work with other schools locally to ensure that we benefit from the best practice right across the region.

“My sincere thanks go to the wonderful children and fantastic staff who have been so supportive of our school and made this important designation possible.”

Many NLEs/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 Matthew Milburn 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 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.

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