Exeter head and school chosen for key national role

Pupil Ryan with Teaching Assistant,Caitlin Woodman.

Posted on: 2 July 2018

An Exeter special school and its headteacher have become the first in Devon to be appointed to a prestigious national role.

The head of Ellen Tinkham School, Jacqui Warne, has been appointed as a national leader of education.

And the school has become a national support school and national teaching school.

It means Mrs Warne and her staff at Ellen Tinkham will use their expertise to support schools in challenging circumstances and train new teachers.

The appointments have just been announced in the latest national recruitment round by the Department of Education.

National leaders of education and their staff use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support.

Ellen Tinkham School is one of over 40 schools that has also been selected to become a national teaching school in the latest recruitment round, taking a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession.

Teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.

They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Ellen Tinkham has been given the highest accolade of being judged an outstanding school by Ofsted in its last three inspections over the past 11 years.

Mrs Warne said: “I am delighted that our ‘outstanding’ special school has this opportunity to develop and share expertise even further.

“It’s bound to have a really positive impact on our learners and has been achieved thanks to the skilled and dedicated work of our amazing staff team.”

Schools Minister, Lord Agnew, said: “I’d like to congratulate Ellen Tinkham School and Jacqui Warne on being appointed as a teaching school and a national leader of education. They should be very proud of this achievement.

“Teaching schools and national leaders of education are supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders.”

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