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UTC Reading principal chosen for key school support role

The principal and staff at UTC Reading have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Joanne Harper, UTC Reading Principal, is one of 107 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

Joanne and other staff at UTC Reading, designated a National Support School, will use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools. The UTC was awarded Outstanding across all areas following its first Ofsted inspection in May last year.

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to academy status. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteacher. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Joanne Harper, UTC Reading Principal, said:  “I am delighted that UTC Reading has become a part of this excellent initiative.

“We have a fantastic team of staff at the UTC and I am looking forward to developing our relationships with other schools as we work together to provide the best possible experience for young people in education.”

Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s fantastic that heads like Joanne Harper have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people not just in their own but in other schools as well.

“The aim of National Leaders of Education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,100 NLEs and we will be working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”

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