The headteacher and staff at Mere Green Primary School have been selected for a top role of supporting schools in challenging circumstances.
Anna Balson is one of 107 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE). 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 academy status. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteacher. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.
Anna said: “I am very proud to have been designated with this role for both myself and the whole staff at Mere Green. It is testament to our passion, expertise and drive. Support, nurture and challenge lies at the heart of all we do within both Mere Green and the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership multi-academy trust”
Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s fantastic that heads like Anna 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 1,100 NLEs and we will be working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”