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Denbigh chosen for key school support role

21 July 2008

The Headteacher and staff at Denbigh High School have been selected for a top role supporting struggling schools.

Dame Yasmin Bevan has become one of only 61 heads across the country to be appointed in this latest recruitment round by the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) to the prestigious role of National Leader of Education (NLE). It also means that Denbigh is now designated a National Support School (NSS).

To mark the occasion, Dame Yasmin was invited to a dinner with Jim Knight, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, on Wednesday 9th July in Whitehall. The event gave the new NLEs their first opportunity to network with each other and meet the Minister to discuss the role they will play in raising standards generally and in relation to the National Challenge part of the Governments strategy to improve all schools as set out in the Childrens Plan.

NLEs use their success and professionalism as school leaders, along with the staff in their school designated a National Support School - to provide additional leadership capacity in struggling schools. They also have access to Government Ministers to advise on education policy, and have responsibility for helping to grow the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Dame Yasmin said: It is a great privilege and responsibility to have been selected for this role and we are delighted that we were successful in meeting the very strict criteria. We look forward to working with schools which, with additional support, will be able to overcome some of the challenges they currently face and know that what we learn from the process will be of mutual benefit.

Jim Knight, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, said: I want our best school leaders to help support others in raising standards and National Leaders of Education have already had a substantial impact in helping to drive school improvement.

"We are clear that where possible, we want them to be part of the significant support package for National Challenge secondary schools and their feeder primary schools."