Cheshire Executive Headteacher chosen for key school support role

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


Catherine Lewis  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 academy– 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 schools/academies. National leaders of education also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.


Catherine Lewis, The Russett School, said:  We are very proud that the academy and its staff have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to children and young people with additional and Special Educational needs in our community.


The Department for Education (DfE) has responsibility for the appointment of NLEs and the quality of the NLE programme. There are now over 1,250 NLEs across England.


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


“I’d like to congratulate Catherine Lewis and The Russett 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.“


Successful headteachers will be invited to attend a regional induction event

For further information contact: Executive Headteacher The Russett School on 01606 853005