Stars of the future gain national qualification for Headship

March 22, 2021

Two teachers from the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) have gained their professional qualification for Headship from the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership, equipping them with the skills needed to take the next step in school leadership and become headteachers.

Miss Rebecca Guy-Ragan, Year Leader at Dereham Church of England Junior Academy and Miss Louise Wright, Deputy Head of Swaffham Church of England Primary Academy successfully completed and gained The Church of England Professional Qualification for Headship (including NPQH). This course, recognised nationally, will give them the certified knowledge to flourish when taking on a headship.

Miss Rebecca Guy-Ragan said: “I really enjoyed undertaking the course and relished the opportunity to go to the training days in London and meet others who are looking to become headteachers too. I feel really excited about taking the next step into school leadership and know that the course has supported my development as a leader.”

Miss Louise Wright said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and although it was hard work, the support from the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership ensured it was manageable and we were very well supported to ensure our own personalities and visions came through. It was a pleasure to share our learning with the Diocese, DNEAT and St Benet’s leaders who made us feel welcome and that the hard work was worth it – we can look forward to an exciting future!”

Paul Dunning, The Diocese of Norwich’s Director of Education said: “Supporting and developing leaders to move into headship is so important. We are delighted that the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership offers a pathway that gives additional training to those working in church schools. As part of this Rebecca and Louise gave a presentation to representatives from across the Diocese. These were excellent and showed how Servant Leadership and the Cycle of Grace had impacted their leadership and work with both staff and children.”

Oliver Burwood, CEO of DNEAT said: “Congratulations to our two teachers who have shown they are future leaders in education. DNEAT aims for its schools to be staffed with successful school leaders, who have experience of leading school improvement and the qualifications necessary to support them in their roles. We’re really excited for Rebecca and Louise who are ready, when or if they choose, to move into Headship; hopefully within DNEAT!’’

There is a proud history of the Church of England’s significant contribution to education in this country. Church of England schools are a key part of the Church’s mission and an integral part of the community. More than a quarter of all young people in the area attend Diocesan schools. There are 110 schools in the Diocese family, of which 36 are DNEAT academies and a further eight with St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust.

All Diocese schools and Academies are united in their approach which is rooted in Christian values and mutual support.


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