County bids to attract ‘best and brightest’ teachers

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Suffolk is to benefit from a new national programme designed to bring the best and brightest headteachers into its schools.

The “talented leaders” programme, funded by central government and led by the Future Leaders Trust, will recruit and train 100 exceptional headteachers, which schools in participating areas can interview and, if they want to, employ.

Suffolk County Council has signed up as part of a commitment to working with schools to improve educational attainment and aspiration.

The programme is looking for top-performing heads or outstanding aspiring heads who want to move to schools where their expertise can help raise attainment and narrow the achievement gap between poorer pupils and their peers.

It aims to recruit inspirational school leaders and match them with schools that are facing some of the toughest challenges – predominantly those in rural, coastal or deprived areas that are finding it difficult to attract a great headteacher.

The move will boost Suffolk’s existing headteacher recruitment drives and sit alongside efforts to develop home-grown talent.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “An exceptional and forward-thinking headteacher can have a hugely powerful impact on a school and the quality of education it provides to children.

“That’s why we have signed up to the programme. We want to make sure Suffolk schools have access to the best and brightest leaders to help in our collective efforts to improved educational attainment.”

Heads will be expected to work not just with the school they move to, but with a network of schools to help drive standards across the local area.