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New Headteacher Advisor Appointed

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16 October 2015

We are delighted to welcome Mark O’Leary to the position of Headteacher Advisor.
Mark, who started work on 1 September 2015, will play an integral role in the strategic focus of our Leadership Team. His appointment will also bolster our considerable investment in training for our supply teachers and our own staff as well as offering additional services for schools across the country.

Mark was in teaching for over 20 years and was a headteacher for the last three before joining ITN Mark Education. Starting his career in Yarmouth, where he taught in a middle school, he then worked in Norwich, East London and Cheshire, progressing through senior leadership teams to deputy and then headteacher. During this time, he was part of a senior leadership team that set up a new primary school in East London. As a Deputy Headteacher, he was part of a dedicated team who had an outstanding judgement from Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) on two consecutive inspections, and in his most recent headship, he led a school from requiring improvement to good for the first time in their inspection history. Ofsted commented: “Good leadership and governance, which has involved some tough decisions and a lot of hard work, has been the driving force in bringing about improvements in teaching and pupils achievement.”

He will also enhance our Continuing Professional Development programme, focussing on delivering quality, up-to-date and relevant education training to candidates and to our employees.  His approach to training will enable candidates to deliver high-quality teaching and learning experiences for children, as well as giving our employees a better understanding of the day-to-day running of schools.

Mark, who has a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), will be based at the company’s head office on King Street in Manchester but will also cover our regional offices.

Managing Director, Roger Marsh said: “We’ve wanted to create the role of Headteacher Advisor for some time and our search for an excellent, high-quality candidate brought Mark to our attention. As a result of his appointment and by using his many talents and knowledge of the UK education system, we can now offer an improved, specialised support service to our clients, candidates and staff.”
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