Castleford Headteacher chosen for key school support role

​​The headteacher and staff at Castleford Academy have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

Mr Panayiotou is one of more than 50 headteachers to be appointed to the role of national leader of education in the latest recruitment round.

National leaders of education along with staff in their school – appointed as national support schools – use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support. 


The type of support provided is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each individual school. National leaders of education also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

Mr Panayiotou, Castleford Academy, said:  “I am extremely pleased to be recognised as a National Leader of Education (NLE) and Castleford Academy a National Support School (NSS) and look forward to the challenge of supporting schools to deliver an outstanding education”

The Department for Education (DfE) has responsibility for the appointment of NLEs and the quality of the NLE programme. There are now over 1,250 NLEs across England.

Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, said:

“I’d like to congratulate Mr Panayiotou and Castleford Academy on being appointed as a national leader of education and national support school. They should be very proud of this achievement.

“National leaders of education are supporting other schools and developing the next generation of leaders.“​

Successful headteachers will be invited to attend a regional induction event.