What is a National Leader of Education?

nle2National leaders of education (NLEs) are outstanding Headteachers who, together with the staff in their schools - which are designated national support schools (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.

Becoming an NLE recognises the leadership skills, knowledge and experience of a serving Headteacher. It also demonstrates the strength and depth of leadership they have created within their school.

The aim of National Leaders of Education is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. This is one part of the Government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school system.

There are currently over 1,000 NLEs across the UK.

kathy NLEIn April 2014, Mrs Wood became a NLE and Hornbill School became a National Support School. 

What does an NLE do?

NLEs usually work with schools identified as being in need of significant improvement by the Department for Education, Ofsted, a teaching school or a local authority.

A message from Mrs Wood

As a NLE, I have demonstrated how to strengthen leadership skills: improving leadership at all levels is central to the role. I have had the opportunity to share the policies, practice and strategies that have made my school outstanding. Being a NLE has also given me the chance to create a dialogue with other Headteachers I have supported. We work together to develop a structured approach; identifying barriers, then agreeing the support my school and I can offer, or drawing on the expertise of specialist leaders of education through a teaching school.