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Hilton Primary Academy Principal Chosen For Key School Support Role

18th Feb 2015

Hilton Primary Academy Principal Chosen For Key School Support Role


The headteacher and staff at Hilton Primary Academy, one of 18 academies sponsored by the Northern Education Trust, have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Mrs Shirley Davison 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 (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, 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 onthe next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Mrs Davison of Hilton Primary Academy said: ?I am delighted to be a part of this exciting programme of work and proud to lead at the forefront of this development within education?.

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 Mrs Davison are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils achieve. We have over 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 heads will be invited to attend a formal induction and training for the role in driving school improvement.