City heads in top new roles

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HEADTEACHERS at two Sheffield primaries have been chosen for a top national role supporting struggling schools.

Mark Young, head at Birley Spa and Nicola Shipman, head at Monteney at Parson Cross, are among only 100 chosen across the country to be National Leaders of Education.

The scheme is run by the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, based in Nottingham, and has recently been expanded.

Mark and Nicola have been training for months for their new roles helping struggling schools or those in transition to federation or academy status.

Deployment is tailor-made to suit the needs of each school and can involve the heads becoming acting or executive headteachers of schools.

They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of national leaders.

Nicola said: “To be recognised as a National Leader of Education and for my school to be identified as a National Support School is a fantastic achievement for all at Monteney.

“Being a headteacher is one of the most rewarding jobs there is.

“Being able to offer support to other leaders and schools in our region, therefore impacting on the outcomes for other children, is a real privilege and a challenge both I and the staff at school look forward to.”

Mark said: “We have a top-class team of children, staff and governors at Birley Spa. They are a credit to their community. We would be very happy to help others in any way we can. It is the Birley Spa way.”

It is estimated well over half a million pupils have already benefited from the National Leaders of Education scheme since it was set up five years ago.

Many in the scheme have seen improvements in exam results at both the support and client schools with progress achieved in excess of that seen nationally.

The number of leaders is set to double from 500 to 1,000 by 2015 after the recent announcement by the Education Secretary.