The headteacher of an ‘outstanding’ pupil referral unit has been head hunted to share his expertise with struggling schools.
Dr Dave Jones, head of Blueprint PRU in Aylesbury, is one of just 144 teachers across the country that has been chosen as a national leader of education for the government.
The Coventon Road school provides part-time and full-time education to students who aren’t in mainstream schools for reasons including bad behaviour and ill health.
Dr Jones’ new appointment with the National College of Teaching and Leadership will involve him drawing on his success and experience to offer advice and support to leaders at ailing schools.
He said: “Blueprint, as acknowledged recently by Ofsted, is an outstanding school with a highly committed, motivated and talented team of staff, which as headteacher I have the honour and pleasure to lead.”
On the back of Dr Jones’ success, Blueprint PRU – which was graded as ‘outstanding’ in October last year – is now a national support school to help those which need a boost, or those becoming federations or academies.
The scheme is tailor-made and flexible to suit the needs of each school individually and can result in NLEs becoming acting or executive headteacher of the chosen school.
Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership Charlie Taylor said: “It’s great that heads like Dave Jones are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils achieve.
Bucks County Council’s deputy cabinet member for education Bill Bendyshe-Brown said: “This appointment is a just reward for the excellence that PRU has achieved. Sharing the success story is a terrific way to help develop skills and ideas.”