Headteacher picked for leadership role

Barbara Flitcroft, headteacher at St Peter's primary school, Newton-le-Willows, is the newly appointed National Leader of Education (NLE)
Barbara Flitcroft, headteacher at St Peter's primary school, Newton-le-Willows, is the newly appointed National Leader of Education (NLE)

A Newton headteacher has been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Barbara Flitcroft, of St Peter’s CE Primary School in Newton, is one of 70 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

It is extremely rewarding to see schools thriving and creating the best possible opportunities for the children in their care

Headteacher Barbara Flitcroft

NLEs, along with staff in their school, use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other places and are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to federation or academy status.

Mrs Flitcroft, 57, said: “Since St Peter’s was judged to be outstanding in all areas of the Ofsted inspection in December 2013 and in all areas of the statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools in March 2014, my staff and I have been supporting schools and academies.

“We are honoured and humbled to be recognised for this work with the designations of National Leader of Education and National Support School.

“It is extremely rewarding to see schools thriving and creating the best possible opportunities for the children in their care.

“By no means do we have all the answers, but by working together with other schools and pooling expertise and knowledge, we can all learn and grow. ”

Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s great that heads like Barbara Flitcroft are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils achieve.”