National Leaders of Education / National Support Schools
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.
Specialist Leaders of Education
SLEs are experienced middle or senior leaders with a specialism (for example, maths, initial teacher training, behaviour). While other roles (for example, advanced skills teachers) focused on developing classroom expertise, 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 an SLE if you want to improve the leadership in a specific subject or specialist area in your school.
Our Specialist Leaders of Education deliver on our professional development programme, contribute to Initial Teacher Training and support our NLEs in carrying our School Improvement Programmes.