Posted on: December 2nd 2016

Rochester Headteacher Chosen for key school support role

The headteacher and staff at the Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Mr Hodges is one of more than 80 headteachers 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.

Mr Hodges of the Sir Joseph Williamson Mathematical school said, “I am very pleased to have gained this accreditation and would thank my colleagues, because it is largely through their work that this is possible. I am particularly pleased that it means that the MTSA will continue to be able to support and make a difference to children, not just in the school or the Trust, but across Medway.”

Mr Vyse, Chief Executive Officer of the Williamson Trust said, “I am very proud of Mr Hodges’ national recognition. I believe that being a National Support School and National Leader of Education enables organisations to be forward thinking in a climate of major change for the Education system, especially with reduced control at Local Authority and Government levels. I believe passionately in empowering others to succeed and lead and know that we have the skills and expertise within The Williamson Trust to be outward looking in order to support other Headteachers, leaders, teachers and associate staff to achieve success and improve pupil outcomes and their life chances.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:
“It’s fantastic that heads like Mr Hodges 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.”

For more information about the NLE programme visit