National Leaders of Education (NLEs)

NLEs are outstanding headteachers who, together with the staff in their national support school (NSS), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. NLEs can be deployed in a number of ways and each deployment can be tailored to suit the needs of the school receiving support. NLEs are expected to support schools in the most challenging circumstances such as those in an Ofsted category, facing closure or amalgamation or falling below the floor standards. You should contact us for support from an NLE if you want to improve performance at your school. They will meet with the headteacher and senior staff from your school to discuss the challenges you face and what help is needed. Their work will be tailored in partnership with you. They can get involved in different ways, including:

  • working with your school alongside their staff
  • working with your school on their own
  • their staff working with your school under their initial direction

Headteacher of Pewsey Primary School

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CEO, Athelston Trust

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Executive Headteacher, TMAT

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The Mead Teaching School Consultant

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Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)

LLEs provide a range of school-to-school support and coaching and mentoring for head teachers. Teaching schools recruit and designate school leaders in this role.

Specialist Leaders of Educations (SLEs)

SLEs are experienced middle or senior leaders with a specialism (for example, mathematics, ITT, behaviour). This role is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. You should contact us for support from an SLE if you want to improve the leadership in a specific subject or specialist area in your school. SLEs can provide one-to-one or group support. Their work could involve a variety of activities, such as:

  • data analysis
  • coaching
  • facilitating and training
  • joint action planning

We are currently recruiting for Specialist Leaders of Education in a number of fields – find out more here.

Please click on the plus sign to see the specialist leader/s in that subject.

Primary

Curriculum Development

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Early Years SLE

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Early Years SLE

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Early Years SLE

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Early Years Practice Development Partner

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Early Years Practice Development Partner

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Early Years Practice Development Partner

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Early Years Practice Development Partner

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Early Years Practice Development Partner

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Teaching & Learning and KS2/3 Transition

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Teaching and Learning

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Teaching & Learning and KS2/3 Transition

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Secondary

Secondary SLE

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Secondary SLE

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National Leaders of Governance (NLGs)

NLGs are highly effective chairs of governors who use their skills and experience to provide coaching and mentoring support to another chair of governors to improve school and academy performance. You should contact us for support from an NLG if you want to improve the leadership and performance of your school’s governing body. Examples of deployments:

  • mentoring of chair and/or members of the school’s governing body
  • external reviews of governance (NLGs who have completed Department for Education (DfE) training)
  • chair or membership of an interim executive board
  • chair or leadership role of governing body of school/multi-academy trust where the school has been identified as needing urgent additional governance capacity

Additionally, there are a number of National Leaders of Governance Advocates in the South West region.

National Leader of Governance

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