The CEO of C.I.T. Academies, Peter Bell, is among 32 names of academy leaders across England elected to help shape the future of schools in their local areas. The announcement was made by the Department for Education.
The leaders – who were elected by their peers across the country – were chosen because they have the right experience and local knowledge to take on this important role. They will each join one of the eight regional Headteacher Boards across England. The boards provide support to the Regional Schools Commissioners in those areas as they work to provide effective oversight of local schools and advise the National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter and the government.
Peter Bell (pictured) said, “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Regional School Commissioner’s (RSC) Headteacher Board (HTB).
I am grateful for the support of my fellow Academy Head Teachers and that of the Lincolnshire Learning Partnership board. I hope I will be able to share with the RSC and the rest of the HTB, an understanding of the unique area we serve across Lincolnshire.”
Parliamentary, Under Secretary of State for the School System, Sir Theodore Agnew, said, "Headteacher Boards have already shown they can provide invaluable support in improving the education of pupils across England and I’d like to thank everyone who has played an important role so far.
The local expertise and wisdom of the newly elected members will be vital in helping schools continue to flourish and I look forward to working with them in my new role.”
The newly elected members will build on the successes of the previous Headteacher Boards, which have been in place since July 2014 when the role of Regional Schools Commissioner was created. The Headteacher Boards have already helped a growing number of academies to share expertise with neighbouring schools and within multi-academy trusts, driving improvement for thousands of pupils.
Two additional board members will be appointed by each Regional Schools Commissioner, and the board will be able to appoint further members to fill skills or expertise gaps in the future. Those elected to Headteacher Boards do not have decision-making powers, but provide local expertise to inform the decisions of National and Regional Schools Commissioners and ministers.
National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, said, "Over the last three years the expertise of Headteacher Boards has been so important in helping to create a self-managing and ever-improving education system.
I know from personal experience how much Headteacher Boards help inform decisions and I’m looking forward to working with the newly-elected members to help make our school system even better.”