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National Leaders of Education (NLEs)

What are NLEs?
NLEs are outstanding headteachers or principals who 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.

What does it involve?
Deployments could involve one of the following levels of involvement:

  • NLE as full-time acting or executive headteacher in a school that has a vacancy for the headship
  • NLE sponsoring a failing school to become an academy
  • NLE supporting an acting or executive headteacher (who may be a deputy or a leader from another school) for three days a week, providing advice
  • NLE providing consultancy support for up to two days a week

In November 2010, the Schools White Paper announced the expansion of the NLE/NSS programme. The target is to designate 1,000 NLEs by 2014-15. Details of those designated as NLEs/NSSs can be found on the National College website.

The National College System Leadership Prospectus can be viewed here.

Current National Leaders of Educations
Currently Luton First Teaching School Alliance (LTFSA) has four designated NLEs.

Name  School 
John Williams  Hillborough Junior 
Chris Day  Avenue Centre for Education 
Corisande Bateman Chanty Primary Academy
Hilary Power  Tennyson Road Primary 

Apply to become an NLE
The application round is currently closed. To be added to the alert list for the next application round please email .