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Information about NLEs, NLGs and LLEs

System leaders are people who work with schools outside their own, contributing to the development of other leaders and the raising of standards for students.

National leaders of education (NLEs)

NLEs are outstanding headteachers who work with schools in challenging circumstances to support school improvement.

Because their support role will often include members of their own staff, the school of a national leader of education is called a national support school.

You should contact 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:

Contact an NLE

Use the school-to-school support directory to find national leaders of education in your area. Contact details are available through the directory. You can contact the NLE directly.

Costs

There may be costs, depending on what type of support you need. Any payments will be negotiated between you and the NLE’s school.

Time commitment for you and your staff

This is a very intensive form of support. The length and type of work can vary significantly. It could involve up to 3 to 4 days of support per week for 2 years or more.

Further information

For more information about NLEs, email nle.enquiries@education.gsi.gov.uk.

National leaders of governance (NLGs)

NLGs are highly effective chairs of governors who support chairs of governors in other schools.

You should contact an NLG if you want to improve the leadership and performance of your school’s governing body.

Typical activities include:

Contact an NLG

Use the school-to-school support directory to find national leaders of governance in your area. Contact details are available through the directory. You can contact the NLG directly.

Costs

NLGs are expected to have a placement at least once over the course of a year, supporting a chair of governors, and his or her school. Any cost will be negotiated between you and the NLG’s school.

Time commitment for you and your governors

The NLG will work directly with your school’s chair of governors. Their support can include:

The time can be spent across full or partial days, during evenings or at weekends.

Further information

For more information about NLGs, email governors.mailbox@education.gsi.gov.uk.

Local leaders of education (LLEs)

LLEs are experienced headteachers who coach or mentor new headteachers or headteachers whose schools are in challenging circumstances.

You should contact an LLE if you are a new headteacher, or an existing headteacher interested in a leadership coach.

Schools that are a priority for support are those where:

Local leaders of education work primarily one-to-one with another headteacher.

Typical activities include:

Contact an LLE

Use the school-to-school support directory to find LLEs in your area. Contact details are available through the directory. You can contact the LLE directly.

Costs

In most cases, your school or local authority will need to pay for the LLE’s time. Any payments will be negotiated between you and the LLE’s school.

Time commitment for you and/or your staff

The LLE could work with you for 6 months to 3 years. During that time, you would normally spend between half a day and 1 day a week with them.

Some of this time can be spent by members of the LLE’s staff working with your own (for example, a deputy head working with your deputy).

New pilot of the LLE programme

The pilot will test a range of approaches and models, including working regionally with the Teaching Schools Council. The models will be evaluated to inform future recommendations regarding the potential devolvement of the programme. National recruitment will not take place during the pilot. Teaching schools participating in the pilot will lead local recruitment rounds during this time.

For more information about the pilot email lle.pilot@education.gsi.gov.uk.

For more information about LLEs, email local.leaders@education.gsi.gov.uk.

 

 

 

 

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