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Sutton headteacher to help struggling schools 15.03.12

A headteacher at a Sutton primary school has been selected for a top role supporting struggling schools.

Alexander Clark, head of Avenue Primary School, Belmont, is one of only 95 headteachers in the latest group of National Leaders of Education (NLE).

Mr Clark and the rest of the school's staff will provide extra leadership to help schools in challenging circumstances to improve. The honour marks Avenue Primary out as one of the country's best-led schools, as the scheme asks outstanding school leaders to use their expertise to give advice, guidance and support to schools which are improving.

The NLE scheme has seen schools across the country improve dramatically since it was launched. Struggling primary schools who take part have seen their results improve by an average of over 7%, compared to static results in those who are not involved.

Mr Clark said: "I am delighted that we are in a position to support other schools to have an impact on the life-chances of children.  All children deserve the very best education, and I hope that my role as an NLE, with colleagues in education, will make a difference."

He will now be invited to the National College's Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham in April for a formal induction and training for the role in driving school improvement.

Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools on Sutton Council, said: "Sutton has some of the best schools in the country, so it's great news that outstanding headteachers like Mr Clark are helping to spread our success. It's a real honour to be selected for the programme, and the staff at Avenue Primary School should be proud of the role they are playing helping so many children to get the best start in life."

Toby Salt, Deputy Chief Executive of the National College, said: "School-to-school support is having a growing impact across the education system and this is thanks to the hard work and dedication of all those involved. Helping other school leaders in this way is admirable and something I'd encourage other heads to consider."

Last updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2012

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