A FORMER Huddersfield teacher has been appointed as president of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).
Steve Iredale, 56, will officially take over the role at the annual conference in Harrogate.
He is currently head teacher of Athersley South Primary School in Barnsley.
His school leadership experience is wide ranging having been a head teacher for 21 years. Before that he was a deputy for three years and a head of year in a middle school for four years.
Mr Iredale believes a combination of supporting and trusting the teaching profession will win the day for pupils and their communities.
He said: "We need to be very clear that we want to work with the government and the DfE to provide the very best learning opportunities for all our children."
He has pledged to use his presidential year to call for a closer and more supportive relationship between policy-makers and the teaching profession which puts pupils ahead of ideology on either side.