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Home > News > January 2005 > 06-Jan-2005

New Chief Executive for the National College for School Leadership

Education and Skills Secretary Ruth Kelly yesterday announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership.

Stephen Munby, the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council will take up the post with effect from 25 March 2005.

The National College for School Leadership (NCSL) was established following the 1998 Green Paper 'Teachers meeting the challenge of change' which set out plans to establish a prestigious college to improve the quality of school leadership.

NCSL programmes are designed to fit around teachers' busy schedules, with much of the studying done in free time or in school, often via the Internet. Participants can also communicate with each other via the college's popular online community, talk2learn, which now has 53,000 members.

Welcoming the appointment Ruth Kelly said: "I am delighted to announce this appointment. I am sure that Stephen Munby will make an extremely important contribution to the College, which plays a key role in the Government's drive to create a world class education system. He has a strong track record of achievement and leadership and I am sure he will have the determination, ability and skills to succeed in this role. His experience will be invaluable in helping the College meet the important challenges that lie ahead."

Stephen Munby started his career as a teacher in Birmingham in the late 1970s before becoming a lecturer in Education at Sunderland Polytechnic in 1986. In 1987, he started a two year secondment working as a consultant to the Records of Achievement INSET Group carrying out consultancy and training on assessment and records of achievement in nine LEAs in the North East of England. He then moved to Oldham LEA and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council before taking his current role at Knowsley in 2000. Munby has also made contributions to many edited collections and journals, and published 'Assessing and Recording Achievement' in 1989. He is also a strong supporter of Newcastle United Football Club.

Ruth Kelly also paid tribute to Heather Du Quesnay who is standing down after nearly 5 years as the Chief Executive: "I would like to thank Heather Du Quesnay for the outstanding work she has done as the NCSL's first Chief Executive. Over the past five years she has overseen the development of this flagship organisation dedicated to improving the quality of school leadership and building a world-class teaching profession."

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