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Waterside headteacher chosen for key school support role


The headteacher and staff at Waterside Primary School have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.


Mrs Knowles is one of more than 50 headteachers to be appointed to the role of national leader of education in the latest recruitment round.


National leaders of education along with staff in their school – appointed as national support schools – use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support.


The type of support provided is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each individual school. National leaders of education also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.


Mrs Knowles, Headteacher of Waterside said: This is a great priviledge for Waterside. We have worked with over 100 schools in the past three years, sharing best practice. We are delighted to continue this collaboration as a National Support School to not only to continue supporting other schools but to benefit the opportunities for our children, families, staff and leaders. We could have not achieved this national role without the outstanding teaching and learning that the school staff provide daily and that the leaders support. We are also privileged to strategically work with ThPotteries Teaching School Alliance, a new teaching school."


The Department for Education (DfE) has responsibility for the appointment of NLEs and the quality of the NLE programme.


Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, said:


“I’d like to congratulate Mrs Joanne Knowles and Waterside Primary School on being appointed as a national leader of education and national support school. They should be very proud of this achievement.


“National leaders of education are supporting other schools and developing the next generation of leaders.“


Press release –


Department of Education - National Leader of Education