Anne Lyons

President, The National Association of Headteachers


Anne Lyons has been head of St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School in Harrow for 23 years. In that time she has taken it from one form entry to three, from 250 to 650 children. Anne started in primary education in the early 1970s as a maths teacher before moving into headship. Having been a member of NAHT as a middle leader and a deputy head teacher, she is proud of the support and encouragement the union gives to developing leaders. Anne has been National Vice President of NAHT since September 2016 and will be National President of NAHT from May 2017-2018 

Session Details

Matters of the Moment


Anne will highlight and discuss matters of the moment within education, current topics. Our five priorities through the recent government election were to reflect the real challenges affecting schools and young people right now. Parties hoping for the support of parents, teachers and school leaders need to have something to say on these key areas. These will underpin future success.

NAHT’s #5priorities are:

1.To fund education fully and fairly, reversing the £3bn real terms cuts that schools are facing and providing enough money to make the new national funding formula a success.

2.To put forward a national strategy for teacher recruitment and retention that recognises teachers as high-status professionals and guarantees enough teachers for every school.

3.To adopt fair methods to hold schools to account, recognising that test and exam results are only part of the picture when judging a pupil’s success or a school’s effectiveness. 

4.To value a broad range of subjects in the school day so that pupils’ opportunities are not limited and they are properly prepared for adult life. 

5.To make sure that schools are supported by health and social care services to allow schools to fulfil their role to promote pupil wellbeing rather than making up for cuts to other services.

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