Suffolk County Council appoints new school improvement director

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A 22-year veteran of education and standards has been appointed as a new school improvement leader by Suffolk County Council in an ongoing endeavour to boost the quality of schools in the area.

Nikki Edwards, formerly a managing inspector for the East of England at Ofsted contractor Serco, took up the role of assistant director of education and learning on July 21.

Ms Edwards, who currently lives in Metfield, said: “I’m tremendously proud to be taking on this role at such a significant time for Suffolk County Council.

“Throughout my career, making sure young people are given the best possible education has been fundamental to everything I do. This continues to be my focus.”

The council recently set several goals for schools in Suffolk that it wants to meet by 2017, including 65% of Year 11 pupils achieving five A*-C grades at GCSEs, 85% of Year Six pupils achieving Level 4 or higher in their SATs, and 85% of schools earning a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ rating from their next Ofsted inspections.

Ms Edwards has previously worked as headteacher at Berrybrook Primary School in Wolverhampton, which she led from ‘special measures’ to a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.

Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “Nikki’s private and public sector experience, alongside her significant background in the education sector, will be a real asset to the county council and Suffolk schools.”