Top role for primary’s chair of governors

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A North Derbyshire school governor is one of only 100 across the country chosen for a prestigious national role.

Mark Coppel, chair of governors at Ridgeway Primary School, is now a national leader of governance.

His role will involve helping to support other people in his position to improve the quality of governance and also school performance.

The scheme is run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, based in Nottingham.

He was invited to the NCTL’s learning and conference centre for formal induction and training for the role.

Ridgeway headteacher Simon Beardall said: “I am delighted that Mark has been accepted as a National Governor. He fully deserves the recognition for the hard work and dedication he provides for the school.”

Mark may be asked to help a new chair of governors, support a school in trouble or advise a school on joining a federation or converting to Academy status.

They can also provide coaching and support in a variety of ways – for example in using data effectively to improve school performance, or by providing more effective support and challenge for their headteacher.