A HEADTEACHER has been selected for a top national school support role
Chris Beckett of The Deepings School is one of 100 teachers in the UK to have been appointed as a National Leader of Education by the government-funded National College for Schools Leadership.
He will now be asked to use his experience as head of a successful school to give advice to staff at struggling schools or those in transition to federation or academy status.
Mr Beckett could potentially become acting head of another school as a way of improving results.
He said: “It is a genuine honour to be selected and appointed as a National Leader of Education and it reflects the progress and success we have achieved together at the school.
“I would like to thank the staff and governors of the school for their ongoing support.
“As an outstanding school in the eyes of Ofsted, it will be an exciting challenge to both sustain our own position and work with, support and advise other schools across the country to reach a similar level.”
Mr Beckett has previously supported Stamford Queen Eleanor School and Linchfield primary school in Deeping St James in his role as a Local Leader of Education.
He added: “It is important that we can help other schools, and that our staff are involved too.
“We have a great team here and they have been fundamental in my appointment as a national leader.
“We can also learn from other schools.”
Mr Beckett will go to the National College’s Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham in July for a formal induction and training for the role in driving school improvement.
Chairman of Governors at The Deepings School Jonathan Theobalds said: “It comes as no surprise to those of us that have worked with Chris Beckett that he has been selected for this prestigious role.
“His leadership of our school is outstanding and he leads a team that positions us as one of the highest achieving non selective schools in Lincolnshire.
“Chris’s ambition has always been to provide the best possible education experience for every pupil, and as a National Leader of Education is now in an even better position to provide that opportunity to a greater number of pupils.”
Deputy chief executive of the National College Toby Salt said: “It’s great that so many heads want to become leaders of education, looking beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils get the best start in life.”