National Leader of Education

Mr Darren Beardsley and St. Mary’s Menston staff chosen for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances


The Headteacher and staff at St. Mary’s School have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

Mr Beardsley is one of more than 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 NLE’s and national support schools.

“The appointment of National Leaders of Education and National Support Schools takes into account the performance of all aspects of the school and is therefore recognition for the whole school community. We already have experience of supporting other schools and we have found this to be beneficial for St. Mary’s, as well as the schools that we support. This accreditation builds on another set of strong examination results at St. Mary’s this summer and provides opportunities for further success in the future.”
— Mr Darren Beardsley, Headteacher, St. Mary's Menston

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility for the appointment of NLE’s and the quality of the NLE programme.  There are now over 1,250 NLE’s across England.

“I would like to congratulate Mr Beardsley and St. Mary’s School 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 are supporting other schools and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work.”
— Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

Successful Headteachers will be invited to attend a national induction event.