Didcot Girls' School is awarded national Teaching School status and Mrs Warwick is appointed as NLE

Press release – National Leader of Education and Teaching School

Didcot Girls’ School headteacher chosen for key school support role

The headteacher and staff at Didcot Girls’ School have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

Rachael Warwick is one of 75 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education in the latest recruitment round.

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. 

The type of support provided is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each individual school. National Leaders of Education also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

Didcot Girls’ School is also one of  65 schools that has been selected to become a national Teaching School in the latest recruitment round.  Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career. The Didcot Girls’ School Teaching School Alliance will be led by Briony Bowers, Director of Teaching School, and will work at local, county and national levels.

Teaching Schools raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Rachael Warwick said:

I am proud and delighted that the outstanding nature of our school has been recognised by the National College for Teaching & Learning in our accreditation as a national Teaching School. The Didcot Girls’ School Teaching School Alliance will be well placed to support other schools and teachers locally and further afield and to raise standards of education for many young people.”

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

“I’d like to congratulate Didcot Girls’ School and Rachael Warwick on being appointed as a Teaching School and a National Leader of Education. They should be very proud of this achievement.

“Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education are at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work.”