TSAT CEO chosen for key school support role

The Chief Executive Officer and staff at The Thinking Schools Academy Trust have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Stuart Gardner 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.

Stuart Gardner, said: “My appointment as a National Leader of Education is a reflection of the excellent work completed by all our staff across the Thinking Schools Academy Trust and the support provided by the New Horizons Teaching School Alliance. I look forward to working with schools in the local area to ensure that every child has the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential.”

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 Stuart Gardner 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.


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Notes to editors:

For further information, contact Thinking Schools Academy Trust.

For more information about the NLE programme visit www.gov.uk/nctl