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National and Local Leaders of Education

National Leaders of Education (NLEs)

NLEs are outstanding headteachers who use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. NLEs work seeks to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.


The primary funded function of NLEs is to deliver the school improvement support offer on behalf of the department. NLEs deliver support to underperforming schools, helping them to identify and address areas in need of improvement, including:

  • leadership
  • governance
  • financial health


Local Leaders of Education (NLEs)

LLEs are headteachers or senior school improvement advisers with significant education leadership experience that provide a range of school-to-school support and coaching and mentoring for head teachers.   Like NLEs, LLEs are used to improve the leadership capacity of schools or to support particular areas of school improvement need.