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The headteacher and staff at Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Doncaster are delighted to have been selected for top roles in supporting schools in challenging circumstances and helping support teachers and leaders in driving forward standards.

Bernadette Nesbit                       National Leader of Education

  Mrs Bernadette Nesbit was successful in her application and assessment to be awarded National Leader of Education and Holy Family, Stainforth as a National Support School.

  Despite the school being in a significantly deprived area itself, Mrs Nesbit has also taken on the role as Exective Headteacher at St Francis Xavier, Balby, Doncaster which again is an area of high deprivation and poses challenging circumstances.

  Bernadette Nesbit is one of more than seventy-five headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education in the latest recruitment round, and one of only a few in the Diocese of Hallam.

  National Leaders of Education, along with staff in their school – appointed as national support schools – use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support.

  Mrs Nesbit said, “This award reflects the hard work and dedication of staff and the whole school community in supporting schools and the drive to raise standards for children everywhere.  Despite the difficulties we face in recruitment and the area we serve, we settle for nothing less than the best for our children across both schools.”

  Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said, “I’d like to congratulate Mrs Nesbit at Holy Family Catholic Primary 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.  At the National College for Teaching and Leadership we want to do all we can to support their work.”