Rising teaching star Victoria Carr is officially rated as one of the country’s top young future leaders in education after passing a prestigious learning programme.
Victoria, science teacher at Sunderland’s Academy 360, is one of only 100 young teachers across the country selected for the SSAT Leadership Legacy project.
After a year of mentoring from a top headteacher, learning from school leaders and networking with other rising teaching stars, she has graduated with flying colours.
The Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT) strives to improve schools and runs a development programme to identify and nurture future headteachers and subject leaders.
Victoria’s project paper summarised her work embedding best practice into Academy 360 as part of its teaching and learning team, and the positive impact of the academy’s 3D Discovery Room on pupil learning, staff and parents.
“It’s been interesting and inspiring to build up a wider network of teachers through the project and to meet with teachers at a similar stage in their careers,” said Victoria, 28.
“The SSAT has a leading edge group of good and outstanding schools and they had a conference where I was sat at a table with headteachers from some of these outstanding schools.
“Speaking with them, understanding why they do what they do and that they want every pupil to do well, seeing how they make a difference in their schools was an opportunity I would never have had without the SSAT programme.
“I really enjoyed shadowing a headteacher for the day. I went to Excelsior Academy in Newcastle and spoke with Executive Principal Craig Taylor. I spent time with the different principals and sat in on an SLT meeting to learn the skills needed to lead those meetings.”
Victoria has now made the huge decision to leave the UK in September to teach at an international school in Dubai.
“I am truly devastated to be leaving Academy 360,” she said. “I would never consider leaving the school as I can see how much Academy 360 has improved over the past two years and I can only see it continuing to do so.
“I’m at the point in my career where I want a new challenge; when I was offered the opportunity in Dubai I spoke to my headteacher and she gave me her full support. The opportunity will offer me more experience to draw on.
“Hopefully teaching abroad will present me with new challenges and will add another string to my bow.”
Victoria was nominated for the SSAT leadership project by Academy 360 Principal Rachel Donohue, who recognised her exceptional leadership potential.
“Victoria thoroughly deserves the recognition that the SSAT award offers given her leadership capacity,” she said. “She is an outstanding teacher and an excellent role model at Academy 360; she has made a huge impact here over the past two years and certainly leaves a legacy.
“There is no doubt that Victoria has a very bright future ahead of her as an educational leader – we all wish Victoria every success in Dubai who are very fortunate to have her.”