Nicola Arkinstall


Nikki is a Deputy Headteacher in a primary school in Birmingham with over 20 years’ experience. Her primary school is a National Lead School and English Hub who provide support to a wealth of schools.

Currently studying a Senior Leadership Masters with the National College of Education, which she has found incredibly inspiring. She is Lead DSL and also leads Art, Music and DT. She is an experienced NQT mentor and is responsible for professional development within her school and carries out NQT courses for her Trust and partner schools.

She is passionate about celebrating and supporting anyone working within education. Creating a culture of high challenge and high support is her aim, in order to empower others to thrive. She feels that positive well-being and psychological safety are the bedrock of any successful organisation.

When Nikki is not working she loves to spend time with her husband, children, friends and family. She is a supportive governor at her daughter’s primary school. She also loves travelling, reading, listening to podcasts, watching Netflix series and swimming.


Nikki hosts the Spotlight show and celebrates fantastic schools, teachers, teaching assistants and business leaders who are doing an amazing job in education.