Local leaders of education (LLEs) have made and continue to make a significant contribution to supporting schools since the programme was introduced in 2008. LLEs provide a range of school-to-school support and coaching and mentoring for head teachers.
As part of our move towards a school-led system, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) will no longer designate LLEs, and instead we‘ll give teaching schools the freedom to recruit and designate school leaders in this role as they already do with specialist leaders of education (SLEs).
In 2014 to 2015, we successfully piloted a more devolved and system-led approach to the LLE programme with teaching school alliances (TSAs) managing the programme.
NCTL will continue to designate national leaders of education (NLE) and their national support schools (NSS) to ensure that there is sufficient high quality school-to-school support to enable schools everywhere, particularly those under-performing or coasting, to access the support they need to improve.
Whether local system leaders or NLEs, we are clear that all system leaders, working with teaching school alliances, have an important contribution to make.
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