With three national leaders of education and two national support schools, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership is committed to collaboration, continuous school-centred improvement and school-to-school support.
ATLP’s Richard Gill, Neil Warner and Anna Balson are tasked with supporting schools in challenging circumstances, following their successful appointment as national leaders of lducation (NLEs).
NLEs are outstanding headteachers with exceptional leadership skills, knowledge and experience, who work with schools in challenging circumstances to support school improvement. Becoming an NLE also demonstrates the strength and depth of leadership that headteachers have created in their school, which becomes a national support school (NSS).
NLEs, along with staff in their school, use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools. NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school requiring support, or to those in transition to federation or academy status. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLES and national support schools.
Richard Gill is CEO of the ATLP, Neil Warner is an executive headteacher at the outstanding Arthur Terry School and school improvement lead for ATLP secondaries. Anna Balson is executive headteacher at the outstanding Mere Green Primary School and school improvement lead for ATLP primaries.
As NLEs, we’ve demonstrated how to strengthen leadership skills: improving leadership at all levels is central to the role. We’ve had the opportunity to share the policies, practice and strategies that have made our schools outstanding. Being an NLE has also given us the chance to create a dialogue with the headteachers we’ve supported. We work together to develop a structured approach, identifying barriers, then agreeing the support we can offer, as a school and as headteachers, or drawing on the expertise of specialist leaders of education through the teaching school.
Being an NLE/NSS has given us a structured platform to improve the life chances of children in our community and beyond. We see this way of working as the beginning of breaking down the culture of competition between schools that has dominated our education system, ensuring equality for all.”