A former Lord Williams’s School teacher has been named as the new national president of a teacher’s union.
Geoff Branner, 59, was officially inaugurated as head of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers this week at the annual conference in Birmingham, taking over from Mick Lyons.
Mr Branner taught students with special educational needs at the Thame secondary school from 1989 until 2007, and had himself been a pupil at the school when it was a grammar in the 60s and 70s.
Geoff, of Witney, Oxfordshire, said: “I want to use my presidential year to support every member to play his or her own part in defending teachers’ pay and conditions of service, and taking personal responsibility for that defence.
“I will always be grateful for the things I learned at Lord Williams’s. They made me passionate about the need for high quality education in state schools and the knowledge that quality is best delivered when teachers are respected and supported by Government, not subjected to unfair criticism and denigration.”