Natalie Sheppard

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Natalie Sheppard

Natalie Sheppard

Director of Education, TSAT Portsmouth Schools
United Kingdom
Natalie started her career teaching in secondary schools in East London and joined the Future Leaders programme in 2009. She held her first substantive senior leadership post at ARK Globe Academy in South London. In 2013, she secured her first Headship position returning to her hometown of Portsmouth to lead a girls school out of special measures. In the 6 years that she was Head, she moved the school from the bottom 10% of schools nationally for pupil progress to within the top, and changed the school to become co-educational. In 2019, she moved into a Director of Education role, overseeing 7 schools in Portsmouth. Having developed an interest in digital learning, in September 2021 she launched a one:one device learning experience for 250 Year 7 students at The Portsmouth Academy. Portsmouth Local Authority also noted her passion for the potential of technology to transform life chances and she has been working to develop a digital strategy for the whole city. Her school is part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust.
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