Berry to develop comms at new Leadership school

The newly-created National College for School Leadership has

appointed Peter Berry as director of communications.



The college was launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair and Secretary of

State for Education David Blunkett last November as the first national

body to train headteachers.



It is based at Nottingham University's Jubilee campus, where a £20m headquarters will open in March 2002. Courses will also be offered

online, through NCSL OnLine.



Berry says his priorities for the year include creating the college's

communications department and raising the profile of the college to

ensure it plays an active role in education issues.



'We are in the process of recruiting staff and looking to build a team

of around six or seven.



Over the year we will be developing campaigns and looking to work with

outside agencies, if required,' he says.



'With the college we hope it will be not just for the training of school

managers in Britain but to expand to become international,' Berry

adds.



Berry, who reports to college director Heather du Quesnay, previously

spent 14 years as assistant chief executive at City of York Council in

charge of marketing and corporate affairs.



While at York he acted as communications adviser to a range of national

bodies, including the Cabinet Office, the Local Government Association

and the Central Office of Information.



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