QELi talks ‘aspirations’ with Marie-Claire Bretherton, Regional Director, Executive Headteacher & National Leader of Education

QELi talks ‘aspirations’ with Marie-Claire Bretherton, Regional Director, Executive Headteacher & National Leader of Education

“As a leader, one of our key roles is about raising aspirations – aspirations for the children and young people we teacher and the communities we service, but also for the staff we have the privilege of leading.”

Marie-Claire Bretherton shares why raising aspirations and bringing hope to our students, our teachers and the communities we serve, is a fundamental part of being a successful leader, and how we can all contribute to raising our children’s aspirations.

Marie-Claire Bretherton is the Executive Headteacher of two academies in Lincolnshire, Regional Director for CfBT Schools Trust, National Leader of Education, and leader of the Kyra Teaching School Alliance ‐ a partnership of over fifty schools focused on their collective improvement and succeeding for all children. Along with her colleagues, she is driven to ensure that every school and member of staff in the partnership is ambitious for children, and that Lincolnshire’s children grow to be well‐rounded, well‐educated citizens with a passion for learning and with the skills to succeed in a changing world.

In 2013, Marie‐Claire and her team successfully built and opened a new Primary academy in Lincoln City, which was judged by OfSted to be Outstanding in 2015. Most recently Marie‐Claire led the rapid turnaround of one of the poorest performing schools in England, which moved from Special Measures to Good in less than 18 months and is now in the top 5 percent of all schools in England for pupil progress. She is also the Executive Headteacher of Mount Street Academy, which has been judged to be Outstanding twice by Ofsted, recognised as a National Support School, and is the founder school of the Kyra Teaching School Alliance.