Northampton primary school headteacher appointed as a ‘national leader of education’

Ear Spencer Primary School has been rated 'good' by Ofsted
Ear Spencer Primary School has been rated 'good' by Ofsted

The headteacher and staff at a Northampton primary school have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Mark Rapps, headteacher at Earl Spencer Primary School, is one of more than 90 headteachers to be appointed to the role of national leader of education (NLE).

NLEs, along with staff in their school, use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteachers. They also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

Mr Rapps said: “We are delighted to have our work recognised by the National College and are excited by the challenge of supporting colleagues in other schools. This recognition is testament to the dedicated and talented team of staff we have at Earl Spencer, who have worked so hard over the past years to ensure children who attend our school have the best provision possible.”

Roger Pope, chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s fantastic that heads like Mr Rapps 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’re working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”

Successful heads have been invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role in driving school improvement.