The principal and staff at West Lakes Academy have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

West Lakes Academy principal and chief executive, Jonathan Johnson 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 NLEs and national support schools.

West Lakes Academy is also one of over 65 schools that has been selected to become a national teaching school in the latest recruitment round, taking a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession.

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career. They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Jonathan Johnson, principal and chief executive of West Lakes Academy, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded teaching school status. Becoming a teaching school not only recognises the skills of our staff, the support of our governors and sponsors, our innovative practice and our commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues, it also allows us the opportunity to continue to shape professional development opportunities whilst enhancing teaching and learning for all students. This is an exciting journey for West Lakes Academy and we are once again we are very proud of this fantastic achievement.”

Roger Pope, chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), said:

“I’d like to congratulate West Lakes Academy and Jonathan Johnson on being appointed as a teaching school and a national leader of education. They should be very proud of this achievement. Teaching schools and national leaders of education are at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work.”

Successful headteachers have been invited to attend a national induction event.