News Immanuel College Head Teacher chosen for key school support role following impressive summer results


Date: 7th November 2016

The headteacher and staff at Immanuel College have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Jane Tiller is one of more than 80 headteachers to be appointed to the role of national leader of education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round and Immanuel College, an Academy within the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, has also been designated a national support school (NSS).

The NLE and NSS designation recognise the crucial role Mrs Tiller along with staff in her school have previously played, and continue to play in driving school improvement across a number of schools in Bradford. Mrs Tiller currently acts as Executive Principal across Immanuel College, Bradford Forster Academy and Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, flexibly deploying staff from across all three institutions to drive outcomes for students. Immanuel leaders have previously also been critical in supporting Kings Academy and Laisterdyke College within Bradford.

Carol Dewhurst, CEO of Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, said “We are delighted that the work of Jane Tiller and her team at Immanuel has been recognised as leading improvement for schools in Bradford. Jane works tirelessly to drive standards in both her own school and other schools in the Trust. Formal recognition of her drive and impact is long overdue”.

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteachers, as in the case of Mrs Tiller. They also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.  Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.


Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s fantastic that heads like Jane Tiller have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people, not just in their own but in other schools as well.

“The aim of national leaders of education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,200 NLEs and we’re working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”

Immanuel celebrates their new designation and status on the back of the schools best ever results this summer. Achieving 70% combined attainment in English and math (5 A*-C) Immanuel sits among the top handful of schools in Bradford and is a popular, safe and ambitious school for the students and parents it serves.

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