MATTHEW Shanks, executive prinicipal of Education South West including Teign School and Coombeshead Academy, has been selected for a top national education role.
Mr Shanks is one of 75 headteachers in the country to be appointed as a national leader of education in the latest round of recruitments, supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.
National leaders of education, along with staff in their schools which are appointed national support schools alongside their headteachers, use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership in other schools in need of support.
The support provided is tailored to meet the needs of each individual school.
Mr Shanks said: ‘I feel very honoured to have been chosen to be a national leader of education and look forward to working with colleagues across schools.’
He added:?‘I’m very fortunate to work with an excellent group of headteachers within Education South West and look forward to growing more leaders of the future.’
There are now more than 1,250 national leaders of education across England.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership, part of the Government’s Department for Education, is responsible for appointing the leaders.
Roger Pope, of the national college, said: ‘I’d like to congratulate Matthew Shanks and Education South West 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.’