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Dorking Nursery School designated as a National Support School

Our headteacher, Donna Harwood-Duffy and staff at Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre have been selected to support schools in challenging circumstances and train new teachers. Donna is one of more than 75 headteachers to be appointed to the role of national leader of education in the latest recruitment round.  National leaders of education along with staff in their school – appointed as national support schools – use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support. The type of support provided is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each individual school. National leaders of education also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility for the appointment of NLEs and the quality of the NLE programme. There are now over 1,250 NLEs across England.  Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), said: “I’d like to congratulate Donna and Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre on being appointed as a national leader of education and national support school. They should be very proud of this achievement. 

“National leaders of education are at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work. “

Successful headteachers will be invited to attend a national induction event.