Aspiring Headteachers awarded Churchill Fellowships

Published: 23 Mar 2016

Aspiring Headteachers awarded Churchill Fellowships

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, in partnership with the Farmington Institute, has awarded four Travelling Fellowships to aspiring Headteachers in secondary schools.

In a 2015 survey by the National Governors’ Association (NGA), 43% of respondents reported that it was difficult to find good candidates when recruiting senior school staff. It is vital that talented teachers are better prepared to meet the challenges of headship.

The Churchill Fellows will travel overseas to investigate educational values and standards, familiarise themselves with educational developments, and improve their leadership skills.  

This is the third year of a partnership with the Farmington Institute, during which time 12 Fellowships have been awarded – an investment of over £70,000 in British citizens. Past projects have included research into successful leadership, vocational qualifications and provision for pupils with special educational needs.

This year’s award winners include:

  • Elisabeth Mailhac, a vice principal from Manchester, who will be travelling to Australia and Norway to look into implementing innovative pedagogies to enrich children's lives.
  • Alison McCammon, a senior teacher from Belfast, who will be going to Australia and Canada to investigate schools which capture and inspire boys' learning.
  • Lisa Finnegan, a deputy head teacher from Wilmslow, who will be going to China and Singapore to critically analyse the impact of Shanghai Mastery Maths teaching.
  • Rebecca Goddard, a deputy head teacher from Witney, who will be travelling to Canada to explore best practice in the teaching of literacy for reading.

Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust said:

“Churchill Fellows travel globally and return with innovative ideas and a commitment to sharing their findings to help others in the UK. Our hope is that these Fellows will return to the UK inspired, motivated and ready to take on the challenges of leadership with greater authority and confidence. ”

 Notes to Editors:

The Farmington Institute

This Education initiative will be supported by a partnership with The Farmington Institute to jointly fund four Fellowships a year from 2013 to offer educational opportunities to future head teachers to undertake research on educational values and standards, to familiarise themselves with educational developments, and to improve their leadership skills.