28 January 2011
Education adviser Nicola Sylvester has been appointed the new
Head of School Effectiveness, joining the staff of the Church of
England's Board of Education.
She will join the Education team at the beginning of April in this
key role at an important time in the life of the National Society -
which founded a church school in every parish when it began 200
years ago. This milestone anniversary is being celebrated in
schools and parishes around the country, with a special service in
Nicola brings with her extensive teaching experience of working in
challenging areas of London; her most recent teaching role was as
an assistant headteacher for inclusion.
She has taught RE in a Church of England secondary school and is
involved in her own Roman Catholic parish as a school governor and
Nicola gained a wider perspective of school improvement issues and
whole school leadership and management when she took up her first
secondary consultancy post in Harrow. Now as a county council
teaching and learning adviser she has vast experience of school
improvement, standards and effectiveness.
As Head of School Effectiveness Nicola will be responsible for
building school improvement capacity across the Church of England
sector, including strengthening the role of denominational
"I am full of anticipation at the prospect of starting my new role
supporting the mission of the Church in nurturing the education and
well being of all children and young people.
I am passionate about improving the learning opportunities for all
young people and look forward to working with colleagues from
within the Division. It is a real privilege to have this
opportunity to actively support the work of education that puts
spiritual development and the life of faith at its heart; and,
transforms lives and communities through the living out of
Christian commitment," said Nicola.
The Revd Jan Ainsworth the Church of England's Chief Education
Officer said: "We're very pleased that Nicola will be joining us.
Her experience will be critical in helping our diocesan teams
engage with issues of school performance to enable every child to
flourish and achieve."
The National Society's full title is The National Society for
Religious Education (Church of England)
FAQs on church schools
National Society anniversary website www.natsoc200.org.uk