National Leader of Education

Our Head Teacher Mrs Finley’s NLE accreditation came as a result of Tranmere Park Primary School being assessed against rigorous standards; judged as an outstanding school, having standards well above national standards in all areas and Mrs Finley having successfully worked to support a number of other primary schools. She was a Local Leader in Education in Leeds for seven years before becoming a National Leader in Education (NLE) in March 2016.

We also have a range of SLEs (Specialist Leaders of Education) across Noctua with several on our own Tranmere Park staff with a variety of specialisms.

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:

working with your school alongside their staff
working with your school on their own
their staff working with your school under their initial direction

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
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.

SLEs can provide one-to-one or group support. Their work could involve a variety of activities, such as:

data analysis
facilitating and training
joint action planning

Find out more about the different types of system leaders.