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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Headteacher at Walthamstow School for Girls named as National Leader of Education

          WSFG Named as a National Teaching School and National Support School

The Headteacher and staff at Walthamstow School for Girls have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

Meryl Davies is one of more than 75 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.

Walthamstow School for Girls is also one of over 65 schools that has been selected to become a National Teaching School in the latest recruitment round, taking a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession.

Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.

They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Meryl Davies said:

I am delighted that the school has been recognised as one which can support others.  There is so much good practice at WSFG and across Waltham Forest in general which we are keen to share more widely.  It is an honour to be appointed a National Leader of Education and I look forward to supporting other professionals to develop further in their roles and achieve their goals.”

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), said:

“I’d like to congratulate Walthamstow School for Girls and Meryl Davies on being appointed as a Teaching School and a National Leader of Education. They should be very proud of this achievement.

“Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education are at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work.“

Successful Headteachers have been invited to attend a national induction event.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is an executive agency of the Department for Education.

NCTL has responsibility for the appointment of National Leaders of Education and the quality of the NLE programme. There are now over 1,250 NLEs across England.

In partnership with Headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, NCTL has responsibility for the appointment of Teaching Schools and the quality of the Teaching Schools Programme. There are now 750 Teaching Schools across England.

For more information about the National Leader of Education and Teaching Schools Programme please visit: