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Peckover’s Principal designated as Local Leader of Education

Congratulations to Peckover’s Principal, Carrie Norman who is one of two Brooke Weston Trust Principals who have been designated as Local Leaders of Education, which will enable them to share their expertise to those new to the responsibility of headship.

Congratulations to Peckover’s Principal, Carrie Norman, who is one of two Brooke Weston Trust Principals who have been designated as Local Leaders of Education, which will enable them to share their expertise to those new to the responsibility of headship.

Both Carrie and Mr Leyton Smith from Northamptonshire are experienced Principals in their respective schools and they are looking forward to offering coaching and support to colleagues who request it, both within and beyond the Trust. The duo each bring their own skills to the role and are looking forward to learning things from the schools they are assigned to, as well as offering support and mentoring. They had to undergo a rigorous application and interview process and will receive LLE training via the Brooke Weston Teaching School, who will arrange their deployments.

Carrie, who has been Principal at Peckover Primary School for six years, said: ‘It is mainly offering support to people who are new to headship. It is an exciting prospect both Leyton and myself have got things in place that are working well in challenging areas so that experience could benefit other places. When I was first in headship I had a mentor and it was fantastic because I had a really honest relationship with them and could phone for advice so I have seen the benefit of this sort of coaching at first hand.’

Leyton, who has just been appointed Senior Principal for the Trust, said: ‘There are so many different schools and circumstances, those facing challenges or who have got new heads. There are so many factors that can impact on the development of a school and our role is to work with those that require targeted support. What is exciting is that every time will be different, the circumstances, priority, environment and challenge.

 ‘I would be going into the areas where we could support them but also look at how they could benefit us, so it is very much about partnership. We would have a level of accountability to the Teaching School and local authority so if there are things we are seeing that are dangerous, really concerning or professionally unacceptable then that is when a level of assertion is involved but the rest of the time it is about building relationships, seeing what you have to offer them and guiding them in their development.

‘I have been a head for 12 or 13 years and I wish I had had this when I was first in post. We have others in our own schools who are stepping up so we are developing our own capacity and our staff as leaders so it really is a proper way of working. I think we will both do a good job and give it everything we’ve got.’

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