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Leadership Support

Lionwood Teaching School offers a range of high quality support for School Leaders, from experienced and Headteachers, Executive Headteachers and CEOs with a proven track record of sustained School Improvement.  This support is designed to ensure that system leadership within Norfolk is  robust and sustainable, by supporting leaders to develop their skills in their own settings through highly effective mentoring and coaching.


This bespoke model builds capacity in schools so that leaders can make optimum impact on standards and welfare for the children of Norfolk.  


Change Leaders


Change Leaders are serving practitioners drawn from a wide variety of establishments and educational contexts across the VNET Network covering every key stage, and are now being deployed into VNET schools as part of an ongoing commitment to developing school-to-school support and a very much school-led network.


Each Change Leader is not only an excellent practitioner, but has undertaken a rigorous training programme, and they are now adding even greater depth to the work of VNET's existing Associates and Partners.


This bespoke support is designed to aid Headteachers, through mentoring or coaching from an experienced Headteacher, Executive Headteacher or CEO, to move their schools and their own careers forward.


For further details see the VNET website below.


Leaders to Strengthen the System


In addition Lionwood Teaching School commission bespoke, practical support from a group of 10 practising Headteachers who have a proven record of rapid School Improvement. 


The Headteachers are:

Chris Ashman - Rackheath Primary

Maria Cornish - Lionwood Junior

Cara Fahy - Robert Kett Primary

Sarah Gallichan - Fakenham Infant  and Nursery  

Neil Henery - Cringleford CE VA Primary

John McConnell - George White Junior

Julie Sandford - Colman Infant and Junior Schools Federation

Edward Savage - Falcon Junior

Rebecca Westall - Mousehold Infant and Nursery

Karen Winter - Drayton Community Infant


The Headteachers offer support in a broad range of areas including:

Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, Curriculum Innovation and Design, Nurture, Data Analysis for Impact, Robust School Self -Evaluation, Creative Learning Environments, Building Parent and Staff Relationships, Induction into Headship, Establishing excellent Behaviours for Learning, Moving a school from 'Good' to 'Outstanding', Creative Immersive Curriculum, Assessment for Learning, Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning,  Building an Inclusive School, Managing Disruptive Behaviour and Developing Confidence in Difficult Conversations.


If you are interested in commissioning one of our 'Leaders to Strengthen the System' please get in touch with Selene Sawyer at Lionwood Teaching School on 01603 516164. Alternatively, email: