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NAHT announces new Director of Policy

Today, school leaders’ union NAHT announces that James Bowen will take over as Director of Policy.

Mr Bowen joined NAHT in April 2016 as Director of middle leaders’ section NAHT Edge. Prior to joining NAHT, James was head teacher at a primary school in Hampshire, following time spent as a deputy head, middle leader and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo). He has devoted a great deal of his professional life to developing middle leaders within schools and has championed the role middle leaders play in school improvement.

Paul Whiteman, NAHT’s general secretary, welcomed Mr Bowen to his new role by saying: “James’ has grown membership of NAHT Edge dramatically in the past year. During his time with the association, James has become more and more involved with NAHT’s wider work, notably leading our Early Years policy activity and contributing greatly to NAHT’s Assessment Review in 2017, and more recently NAHT’s Improving School Accountability commission. He is a respected commentator on education issues and a regular blogger and NAHT spokesperson, so the move to Director of Policy is a natural next step.”

Mr Bowen takes up the post immediately, extending his responsibilities formally to become Director of Policy and NAHT Edge. This means that he will now lead NAHT’s Policy team, whilst continuing to oversee NAHT’s distinct offer to middle leaders.

Mr Bowen said: “NAHT is well known and well respected as one of the clearest, most informed voices on children and young people’s education in the UK. It uses that influence at the highest levels of government to create real change for leaders and learners everywhere. Our Breaking Point report on school funding, ourEmpty Promises report on SEND provision and our Leaky Pipeline report on recruitment and retention have all made a significant impact on current political thinking on education. All our work is characterised by a rigorous, evidenced-based approach and a constructive, solution-focused attitude to policy-making, and that will continue, with some exciting projects already on the horizon.”

NAHT will continue to campaign on its five priority areas: school funding, recruitment and retention, curriculum and assessment, accountability, and pupil wellbeing. The association’s next major pieces of work will include the publication of a five-year longitudinal study of recruitment and retention trends in schools and our annual support for Children’s Mental Health Week alongside our charity partner Place2Be.

James Bowen is available for interview and for comment pieces.

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

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