Forge Principal Chosen For Key School Support Role

The Principal and staff at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Andrew Burns is one of more than 70 principals to be appointed to the role of national leader of education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

NLEs along with staff in their school – designated a national support school (NSS) – use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support. 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.

Principal at Ormiston Forge Academy, Andrew Burns, said: “It’s an incredible honour to receive this designation on behalf of the academy and I am looking forward to supporting other schools on their journey towards improvement.

Our commitment to the young people at Forge remains unwavering, but we are now able to extend the reach of the Forge effect and make an even bigger difference.

Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s fantastic that heads like Andrew 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 1,200 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.

Stephen Rayner, Chair of Governors at Ormiston Forge Academy, said: “We’re proud of the strength of leadership throughout our academy, but Andrew has a particular ability to recognise and develop the leaders of the future, while always thinking first of the needs of students and communities.

Working from a National Support School, Andrew and his colleagues have an exciting opportunity to influence improvements on a wider scale.


Andrew Burns, Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy and National Leader of Education

                   Andrew Burns, Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy and National Leader of Education

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