THE chair of governors at the seven schools of the The Painsley Catholic Multi-Academy Company has been chosen for a national role supporting other chairs of governors to improve governance and school performance.
John Pennington was one of 100 governors to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Governance (NLG) in the latest recruitment round by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
Successful candidates were invited to NCTL's learning and conference centre in Nottingham for a formal induction and training for the role.
National Leaders of Governance are highly effective chairs of governors who use their skills and experience to support chairs of governors in schools and academies for a variety of reasons. The chair may be new, governors may want to focus more on school improvement, or need support in dealing with significant strategic challenges – for example becoming a federation or converting to academy status.
They will provide coaching and can support their counterparts in a variety of different ways – for example in using data effectively to improve school performance or by providing more effective support and challenge for their headteacher.
Stephen Bell, Principal and Accounting Officer, said: "John is an exceptional Chair of Directors who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in terms of effective governance of both the primary and secondary sector.
"I am delighted that he has been designated to this prestigious role and I am confident that he will provide a first class line of support to other chair of governors and governing bodies in pursuit of excellence."
The role builds on the success of NCTL's National Leaders of Education (NLE) programme where headteachers use their proven success as school leaders to provide additional leadership capability in struggling schools. In some case NLGs may be deployed in partnership with an NLE.
The latest milestone brings the overall number of NLGs across the country to just over 260, rising to about 300 by April 2014.
Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: "Governors are the people who appoint head teachers and hold them to account so they have an essential role to play as leaders in our schools.
"High quality governance is vital for improving school performance and it is great that chairs of governors like John Pennington are willing to step up and look beyond their own school in order to help others who will benefit from their support."
Mr Pennington can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Painsley Catholic College, Station Road, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent. ST10 1LH. Telephone No: 01538 483944.