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Leadership role for Pencoed head teacher

Suzanne Sarjeant of Pencoed Primary School, is one of 12 new associates from across Wales who’ve been appointed to the prestigious role and will be working with the Academy over the next few years to support its programme of activity. 

The aim of the Academy is to work with partners from across the system to provide strategic support for those in current leadership roles, as well as providing encouragement and inspiration for those who wish to pursue a leadership career in education.

The appointment of the new set of associates comes hot on the heels of the publication of the Academy’s first commission report, which looked at how best to nurture and inspire the next generation of education leaders. ‘Inspiring Leaders – Enriching Lives: Our Call to Action’ made a series of recommendations which are currently being discussed in greater detail with education practitioners.

Speaking of her appointment, Suzanne Sarjeant said,

I’ve worked in education for 26 years and during this time have been strongly committed to developing system leadership and collaborative partnerships. I’m extremely pleased to have been asked to join the academy and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues from across Wales to help improve the education system for everyone within it.”

Suzanne Sarjeant

The new associates were formally appointed at a dinner at Cardiff’s Marriott Hotel, where the Welsh Government’s Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, welcomed them to their new role. She said,

“I am delighted to welcome the second cohort of Academy Associates to their roles. I am sure that they will all benefit a great deal from the experience and, as Associates, their impact will be felt widely across our education system.”

Looking ahead to the Leadership Academy’s chief executive, Huw Foster Evans added,

“We’re delighted these talented leaders have agreed to get on board and help us develop our work further. The team are also looking forward to our upcoming roadshows across Wales as we seek to create a system that ensures that practitioners across Wales are able to engage with the most relevant, meaningful and inspiring professional learning.”

For further information visit the National Academy for Educational Leaderships website.

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