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Rising star: Marilyn Marshall

  • Where?
    • She's a teacher at St Bega's CofE Primary School in Cumbria.

      • Why?
        • In 2000, Marilyn decided to take a well-earned career break, put herself on the supply list and spend more time with her children. One of her supply jobs was in St Bega's - a small, rurally isolated and deprived primary school with just 42 pupils.

          Marilyn had wide-ranging skills, having spent more than 30 years in education at a number of schools and her enthusiasm and dedication to the pupils led Jacqui Wilson, the school's headteacher, to ask Marilyn to stay on and become a permanent full-time teacher.

          Marilyn's passion to make a difference in her pupils' lives led her to help develop a number of strategies to improve literacy in the school, including training schemes, new monitoring and assessing plans and cross- phase teaching.

          Being given additional responsibility in a small school, Marilyn believed headship wasn't beyond her so when Jacqui encouraged Marilyn to complete the NPQH, she applied.

          • Nominated by:
            • Jacqui Wilson, headteacher, who says: "She is not frightened to have a go and is such a safe pair of hands. She makes a huge difference to our school. Marilyn will make a fantastic head one day, although I'll be sorry to see her go - it would be hard to fill her shoes."

              Thanks to the National College for School Leadership for nominating this week's rising star. Send in your one to watch to including 300 words and a picture.

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