Headteachers rewarded for working practices

Two headteachers have been honoured for their good working practice.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 9:00 am
Donna Park, headteacher of Blyth Academy.

Donna Park, of Blyth Academy, and Jacqui Mowat, of Hareside Primary School in Cramlington – along with Ben Ryder of Berwick Middle School – have been awarded the ‘Valued Workers Scheme’ accreditation.

They have all been recognised for the Valued Workers Scheme thanks to their communication and input and the inclusion of wellbeing coaching sessions to enhance the professional development already being offered to staff.

Jacqueline Mowat said: "We are delighted to be recognised within the Valued Workers scheme.

"We truly appreciate that our staff are our greatest resource and by valuing, supporting and challenging them appropriately we really can make a huge difference, not only for our children but also for our whole team."

Donna Park said: “At Northern Education Trust The Blyth Academy we have worked in partnership with our trade unions to create a culture of safety and attention to detail; to ensure our staff feel valued, safe and supported.

"Our teachers’ and support staff have shown great resilience and commitment during these challenging times and we have been humbled by their continued professionalism and commitment to our students.

"Being part of the valued workers scheme is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to supporting their wellbeing.”

The initiative allows Northumberland schools to further challenge themselves for the benefit of their entire workforce.

Coun Guy Renner-Thompson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Services, said: “This is a great achievement for all of these schools.

"It shows they are committed to the wellbeing of their staff, but also to the culture of their school environment.

"By investing in staff support they are continuing to invest in their whole school.”