Exeter head chosen for key national school support role

Posted on: 22 February 2016

An Exeter headteacher and his staff have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Martyn Boxall, the executive head of Montgomery Primary School, is one of 107 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education in the latest recruitment round.

Montgomery and its staff have also been designated as a National Support School.

National Leaders and their staff use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

NLEs use their knowledge and skills to support schools to develop. They are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to academy status.

The type of support provided by NLEs is flexible. As part of the selection process, the track record and impact of the extensive work Martyn Boxall has already done across Exeter and Devon has been taken into account.

NLEs also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Mr Boxall said: “This recognition means so much to the team at Montgomery school.

“We have relentlessly focused on developing teaching and learning for over five years, seeing year on year improvement in the attainment and progress of our pupils.

“The whole staff team at Montgomery are amazing and have risen to every challenge I’ve given them.

“They have worked diligently for the pupils and families, crafting a great curriculum and a warm, nurturing school.

Personally, I am delighted with the designation and very humbled for the recognition and support I have received from colleagues in achieving this.

“My team and I are really looking forward to continuing to collaborate with schools in the future.”

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:

“It’s fantastic that heads like Martyn Boxall have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people not just in their own but in other schools as well.

“The aim of National Leaders of Education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools.

“We now have over 1,100 NLEs and we will be working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”

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