National Leaders in Education

If you are the headteacher of an outstanding school, you might want to apply to be a national leader of education (NLE). In this role, you and your staff would support schools in challenging circumstances, in addition to leading your own school.

The aim of national leaders of education is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school system.

If you are interested in applying and would like to be informed about future application rounds, please email nle.enquires@education.gsi.gov.uk. Before you start your application we strongly advise that you read the following materials:

Application materials

Eligibility Criteria


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National Leader of Education and National Support School tranche 16 application guidance


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Registering for a system leader application round


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The application round will stay open until 6 February 2015


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Meet our NLEs

Panna Nagar

School: Northfleet Nursery School
Age group: Early Years
Support area: ITT and Leadership of Early years curriculum

"Emphasis on physical aspects reinforced to all staff."

− Writing in Early Years

"Ideas to increase interest in writing and building up fine motor skills and co-ordination."

− Writing in Early Years

"A better understanding of standards and skills that will be beneficial to my daily work."

− Maximising the Impact of Your Role as a Teaching Assistant

"To get children engaged and involved irrespective of their ethnic background and ability."

− Helicopter Stories

"Allow children to use their imagination."

− Helicopter Stories

"To get children to be more confident and join in with other children. I will be starting this with my group as soon as possible and we will do it once a week."

− Helicopter Stories

"How to use maths daily in all aspects of the day."

− Let’s Count

"Use ideas to inspire children to get excited about maths."

− Let’s Count

"Using maths everywhere, in everything they do."

− Let’s Count