Successful Sheffield headteacher turns trouble shooter

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A headteacher and staff at a Sheffield primary have been selected for a top role in supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Wendy Wheldon, headteacher at Greengate Lane Academy, in High Green, is one of 70 heads across the country to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education.

Along with staff at her academy, which is now a National Support School, they will use their success and professionalism to provide additional support in other schools.

Mrs Wheldon said: “I am delighted that the fantastic success of the school has been recognised.

“This will give us further opportunities to share the great things we do with other schools.”

NLEs are used to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those which are moving to academy or federation status. The support is flexible and can often involved NLEs becoming executive headteachers.

Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s great that heads like Wendy Wheldon are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils achieve.”