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National Leaders of Education (NLEs)

NLEs are outstanding head teachers or principals who, together with the staff in their schools (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.

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

Time commitment

NLEs and/or their NSS staff are expected to have a placement at least once over the course of a year, supporting a headteacher and his or her school.

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.

Training and development

All new NLEs will attend a free induction workshop. You will also be invited to join local leadership groups where you can share experiences and advice.

If you have an interest in challenging yourself further, Linwood TSA can offer extra support to schools, including:

  • pupil premium reviews
  • reviews of school governance

Our NLEs

Mrs. Nicola St John
Nikki has been Headteacher of St Katharine's CE Primary School, Bournemouth, for 7 years. As a recently designated NLE, she is keen to establish mutually rewarding partnerships with other schools. Nikki is particularly passionate about the learning culture of the school and developing high standards through trust, relationships and collective efficacy. Various members of staff at St Katharine's have worked with others schools locally in a range of areas including, Early Years, English, maths, PE and science and are well-placed to support schools' learning journeys and development


Simon Brown
Simon is the Headteacher of Victoria Education Centre, an outstanding special school in Poole, Dorset offering specialised, high quality education, therapy and care for young people aged 3-19. The school is currently providing support to several schools across a range of Local Authorities.  Simon is driven and focused on building whole school systems and strategies that underpin successful schools. Developing staff and distributing leadership enables him to grow strong teams across a school, improving communication, expectations and raising standards.  Simon is also an Ofsted Inspector.