National Leaders of Education (NLEs)

National leaders of education (NLEs) are strong school leaders, who have experience of effectively supporting 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.

If you are interested in receiving support from an NLE, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

0121 705 5100

Apply to become an NLE

If you meet the current eligibility criteria, you may wish to apply to become a National Leader of Education.

Click here to access the current DfE NLE eligibility criteria to become an NLE.

National support schools

If you’re selected as an NLE, your school will become a national support school (NSS). This is to recognise that your staff are likely to work alongside you in any support you provide.

For your school to qualify as an NSS, it must:

  • be judged to be at least good by Ofsted
  • demonstrate sustained high pupil performance and progress over the last 3 years
  • have the capacity to support schools in challenging circumstances to improve

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.

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