Worksop headteacher named as National Leader of Education

Headteacher George Huthart and pupils from Norbridge Academy, Worksop celebrate on achieving an outstanding Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe

Headteacher George Huthart and pupils from Norbridge Academy, Worksop celebrate on achieving an outstanding Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe

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The headteacher of a Worksop primary school has been given a prestigious key role after he was selected as a National Leader of Education.

In the new role, George Huthart, headteacher at Norbridge Academy, will support other headteachers and school leaders working in schools with a variety of challenging circumstances.

Norbridge Academy, which was graded as Outstanding in all four areas by Ofsted last year, has also been named as a National Support School.

Mr Huthart said: “I am delighted to have been selected to be a National Leader of Education and that Norbridge Academy has been named as a National Support School.

“This opportunity has arisen because of the continued success we have had at Norbridge Academy and I am pleased we will be able to share our practice and experiences with other schools.

“The role will also help us to continue to improve the outcomes for children at Norbridge Academy as we develop the experience of our own staff team.”

National Leaders of Education (NLEs) along with staff in their school - designated a National Support School (NSS) - use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership support to 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 an executive head teacher. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Roger Pope, chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s fantastic that heads like Mr Huthart 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.”

Successful heads like George will be invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role in driving school improvement.

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